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News briefs from the Lakes Region

New dog in town

FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven recently acquired a new member on its police force, 7-year-old Maximus, donated by freshly retired Vermont State Police Cpl. Ed Hunter. He is trained to find narcotics and to perform basic tracking.

The donation saves Fair Haven's PD $15,000 to $20,000, the cost for starting a canine program. The Vermont Police Canine Association is purchasing a cage for the police cruiser.
Cpl. Dale Kerber and Max will train to work together, attending courses at the police academy in Pittsford. 
Volunteer firefighters needed

CASTLETON-Summertime brings on an increase in brush, grass, and forest fires. Castleton Fire Department is looking for volunteers, and will accept high school students as young as 16 in its Junior Membership program. Call the fire station at 468-3066 or drop in at 39 Elm St. Wednesday evening.

CSC personnel changes

CASTLETON-Castleton State College history prof. Jonathan Spiro has accepted a two-year appointment as an Associate Academic Dean. He will split his work time between administrative duties and teaching. Among his new duties are serving as a mentoring resource for junior faculty, leading an effort to enhance the school's honors program, and facilitating campus-wide conversations to strengthen student learning. 

Janet Hazelton assumes new duties as Director of Human Resources, succeeding Lyn Sawyer. Hazelton has previously worked at Castleton as Assistant to the Dean of Administration. Most of her work background, however, has been in the banking industry.

Music teacher Hank Vaughan is leaving to head back to his Chicago roots. He has been the school's band director since 2008, teaching a variety of music courses and directing "The Pulse and Power of Vermont," the Spartan Marching Band, the Spartan Spirit Band, and the Castleton jazz combos.

Professors awarded

CASTLETON-Three Castleton science professors have each been awarded $25,000 research grants from the Vermont Genetics Network, part of the National Center for Research Resources for Biomedical Research.

Biology professor Deborah Alongi is studying two species of a small flowering plant in the mustard family, one from warm climates and one from cold, to see how subspecies from warm and cold locations adapt when confronted with new conditions. Exercise science professor Justin Carlstrom is studying quercetin, a plant-based flavonoid that has been studied in recent years as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant; his work examines the effect of quercetin on aerobic capacity and fat utilization. Analytical and environmental chemistry professor Andy Vermilyea is researching bisphenol A (BPA), the organic compound in plastic bottles and many other products that is thought to be a potential health threat, especially to young children.

Poultney High news

POULTNEY-Poultney High students Christian Loomis and Joshua Stiles were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Stafford Technical Center.

The Class of 2017 hosts a chicken and biscuit dinner on Thursday, May 17, at the Poultney American Legion.

New eatery

HYDEVILLE-Big Bob's Shack recently opened in Hydeville Plaza, offering classic sandwiches and salads, soups, burgers, and daily specials. Locals give glowing reports.

Post office hours cut

In a giant money-saving move, the U.S. post office has been trimming hours at rural post offices. Decision-makers relied on how much use each post office receives to determine how many hours to cut. Lakes Region post offices with shortened hours include Orwell, Pawlet, and Middletown Springs, from 8 to 6 hours a day; Hydeville and West Pawlet, from 8 to 4; and Rupert, 6 to 4.