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New director for local health department

BRATTLEBORO -- Prudence MacKinney was recently hired as Brattleboro District Director for the Vermont Department of Health. MacKinney has a Master’s in Public Health and returns to the field after spending much of her career in hospital leadership. She succeeds Dianne Champion, RN, MPH, who retired from state service after 16 years with the VDH including six as district director.

The VDH District Office works in partnership with local health care providers, towns, schools, businesses and community organizations to improve health through health promotion, disease prevention, emergency preparedness and the WIC Program. To learn more about the work of the VDH Brattleboro Office, visit

Fairpoint expands coverage in Halifax, Whitingham

WHITINGHAM -- FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to more than 80 homes and businesses in Halifax and Whitingham.

"Our next-generation network allows us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state," said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint state president for Vermont. "Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth."

FairPoint provides residential speed options up to 15Mbps. Broadband service on the next-generation network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease. Reliable broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.

FairPoint’s broadband Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets:

-- In Halifax: Branch Road, Hubbard Hill Road, Pennel Hill Road, Phillips Hill Road, Route 112 and Stowe Mountain Road.

-- In Whitingham: Heberd Hill Road, Route 112.

FairPoint has invested nearly $100 million in its network in the Green Mountain State and has added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed access to more than 92 percent of its Vermont service areas. The Halifax and Whitingham expansions were funded in part by the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, or CAF, established in 2011 with the sole purpose to accelerate broadband buildout to the 18 million Americans living in rural areas who currently have no access to robust broadband services.

For more information, call 866-984-2001.


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