Wed, May 16, 2012 02:19 PM
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.
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
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.
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.