News Briefs

Lakes Region News Briefs

By Lani Duke

Relative risk felt in Fair Haven

FAIR HAVEN—Fair Haven seems peaceful. The high school is secure since accused massacre planner Jack Sawyer was released. The apparent serenity demonstrates the efficacy of the slogan “See Something, Say Something,” Fair Haven Police Chief William Humphries commented May 11.

And yet there is an undercurrent of uncertainty in the community. Jack Sawyer’s release into the custody of his father carried the provision that he be checked into a mental health facility for assessment within 72 hours of his release from confinement and mandates that he accept whatever treatment and medication that facility prescribes. He is subject to arrest if he violates the facility’s treatment terms or fails to take his medication.

but the facility is under no mandate to tell law enforcement or the public what that treatment is or when it will be considered complete. Only his defense team and the State’s Attorney have authority to ask whether he is still on the facility’s premises.

Castleton U recognizes progress, offerings

CASTLETON—The Castleton U campus relies on Soundings/Arts Reach manager and video technician Sam Green to put together a variety of cultural offerings for students. Come summer, Green becomes assistant director at the Barn Day Camp at Farm and Wilderness Camp in Plymouth

Castleton women’s lacrosse team defeated Colby-Sawyer College to win its seventh consecutive North Atlantic Conference title.

The academic year concludes with the graduation of 15 international students from five countries, the highest number yet. Three received the master’s degree; the others all received undergraduate degrees.

Seventeen individuals formally retired from Castleton U during a May 7 ceremony. Associate Registrar Linda J. Adams and Lead Maintenance Worker James Waterhouse had worked at the school for 40 years.

New water lines are on Poultney horizon

POULTNEY—Poultney is replacing 3-inch and 4-inch cast iron water lines so that the town may increase fire hydrant capacity, Town Manager Paul Donaldson told the Rutland Herald. Without the pipe replacement, there will be localized inadequate pressure and water flow, water line project specialist Alex Arsenault of engineering firm Aldrich and Elliot explained. The older lines are also more likely to break or leak, he continued. Construction was scheduled to begin May 15. One new line will extend from East Main to Grove St., along Furnace St. The other follows Beamon St. from Church St. to Fire House Lane. In general, the trenches will be about six feet wide.

The project price tag of $850,000 covers construction, engineering funds, a 10 percent contingency fund, and other unexpected costs. Funding comes from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program via a 3 percent interest loan over 25 years with annual installments from water users approximating $64,893. The average residential use fee will increase about $26 a quarter.

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