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Petition seeks a mosquito testing laboratory in state

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON/SUDBURY/WHITING — The efforts of legislators seeking increased funding for mosquito surveillance may be bolstered by a citizen’s petition seeking an in-state testing lab.

Colleen Wright, a friend of Scott Sgorbati, who contracted Eastern equine encephalitis and died last month, has started a petition seeking support for an in-state arbovirus surveillance lab.

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Into the line

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



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A TIGER BALL carrier bulls his way into the Otter Valley line during a game last Saturday afternoon in Brandon. Middlebury won the game, 33-6.

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Hannaford focus back on downtown Brandon

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain has purchased the building it occupies in downtown Brandon, which raises the possibility of store expansion and puts to rest an effort to build a Hannaford store south of town.

Land transfer records obtained by The Reporter confirm that Hannaford purchased the building and 10.35 acres on Supermarket Drive next to the Rite Aid pharmacy for $2.9 million on Aug. 2.

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Salisbury looks into farm worker housing

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



SALISBURY — The Salisbury Development Review Board is trying to solve an issue with a local dairy farmer and the housing he provides for his farm workers.

Randy Quesnel owns a dairy farm on Creek Road in West Salisbury and employs a number of farm workers who live on the property. The problem is, Salisbury Zoning Administrator Jon Filion has issued at least two notices of violation to Quesnel for housing the farm workers in inadequate quarters that violate local and state statute.

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Warming climate is changing everything

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



RIPTON — After 20 years of warnings from climate scientists, environmentalists and Al Gore, many would argue that the predicted consequences of global warming are being realized.

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Funds sought to monitor EEE mosquitoes

Posted on September 17, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



MIDDLEBURY — Some local and state officials want the Legislature to double the funding for mosquito control and surveillance in light of two recent cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in humans.

The revelation came at a monthly meeting of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission last Wednesday at Middlebury College featuring a panel discussion on the issue.

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Fund started to aid mosquito victim

Posted on September 17, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



SUDBURY — A fund has been established at a local bank to help the family of a local man stricken with Eastern equine encephalitis who was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.

The Scott Sgorbati Family Aid Fund was established Sept. 7 at the National Bank of Middlebury to help the family of Sgorbati, one of two local men to contract EEE last month as the first human cases in the state. The other man, 87-year-old Richard Breen of Brandon, died of the disease on Sept. 4.

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Otters net homecoming win

Posted on September 17, 2012 |
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BRANDON — The Otter Valley football team’s 20-18 win over U-32 on Saturday was extra sweet as the team’s first Homecoming win in five years.

“I made a point to the kids all week that we wanted to change (five years of Homecoming losses),” Coach Jim Hill said. “And they went out there and found a way to win.”

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Officials seek to learn EEE lessons

Posted on September 10, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



WHITING/BRANDON — After lightning and bad weather forced Vermont Department of Health officials to cut short an effort last Thursday to spray pesticide over parts of Whiting and Brandon to kill mosquitoes carrying a deadly disease, they finished the job on Friday evening.

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Brandon man dies from mosquito bite; state to spray on Thursday

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — One man is dead and another remains hospitalized after the first human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in Vermont were detected in Brandon and Whiting on Saturday, and state officials are on the offensive.

Richard Hollis Breen, 87, of  Brandon died Tuesday from the disease and a man from Sudbury remains hospitalized on Wednesday. Breen lived on the emu farm in Brandon where at least 16 emus died from the disease last September when EEE was for the first time detected in animals in the state.

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