Tuesday November 20, 2012

Wheelchair-accessible trailed reopened after damage from Irene

KILLINGTON (AP) -- A rare, wheelchair-accessible section of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont has been reopened more than a year after it suffered extensive damage during Tropical Storm Irene.

The Thundering Falls boardwalk in Killington forms a link on the footpath from Georgia to Maine and allows people who use wheelchairs to view the spectacular falls.

The boardwalk, first opened in 2008, was damaged when Irene caused the Ottauquechee River to overflow its banks.

The Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail Patrol special projects crew rebuilt the boardwalk with guidance and support from the U.S. Forest Service.

Entries sought for Vt. youth hunting contest

WATERBURY (AP) -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for entries for the sixth annual Young Hunting Memories Contest.

Young hunters are encouraged to submit a short essay or artwork describing their time in the field on a hunt. Bagged game is not a requirement.

Entries will be categorized by age -- 9 years and under, 10 to 12 years old, and 13 to 16 years old.

Entries must be received by Jan. 4, 2013.

Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 20 at the inaugural Youth Hunting Awareness Day at Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton.


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Owner has new plans for Kennebec Arsenal

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The owner of the Kennebec Arsenal says he has plans to redevelop five of the eight buildings at the long dormant site over the next three years.

Tom Niemann submitted the plan in response to a letter from the Office of the Maine Attorney General that threatened a lawsuit if his North Carolina firm, Niemann Capital, didn’t take steps to prevent further damage to the Augusta property by Oct. 1.

State officials agreed to extend that deadline by three weeks, and Niemann said he submitted his plan for the complex on Oct. 22 -- the last day of the deadline.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general says Niemann’s plan is under review and had no further information.

The Civil War-era arsenal is a National Historic Landmark.

N.H. hospital chosen for new pregnancy support program

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) -- The obstetrics department at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is getting a $10,000 grant to implement a model designed to decrease the rate of premature deliveries.

The hospital has been chosen by the March of Dimes as a project site for its CenteringPregnancy model, which officials say has been shown to increase parents’ satisfaction with prenatal care and readiness for labor and birth.

Under the model, women in similar stages of pregnancy meet on a regular basis for social support and educational discussion sessions.