Vermont Briefs

Saturday December 15, 2012

Shumlin: Vt. schools vigilant after
Conn. shooting

MONTPELIER -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says prinicipals and staff at Vermont schools are "especially vigilant" following the school shooting in Connecticut.

He said parents and students should know that nearly all Vermont schools have emergency plans and security in place.

On Friday, a man opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked, killing 26 people, including 18 children.

Shumlin has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims.

Vermont’s Education commissioner encouraged schools to review their school safety plans to ensure that they are current and to review the School Crisis Plan guide.

Nursing student
saves man’s life

BENNINGTON (AP) -- A nursing student has helped save the life of a resident at an assisted living facility in Bennington, Vt.

Second-year student Eva Friend had just arrived at Washington Elms on Nov. 26 when a registered nurse yelled for her to quickly come to the back porch. Jerry BeShane was found slumped over in a chair.

The Bennington Banner reports Friend found he didn’t have a pulse. She did CPR on him. BeShane was resuscitated at least once, but then crashed again. Friend continued her compressions. Friend is certified in CPR although had not previously performed it on someone.

A rescue squad arrived after several minutes and took him to the hospital. BeShane eventually returned to the facility.

Friend was honored for her efforts and thanked by BeShane.

5 schools honored
for AP classes

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Five Vermont high schools are being honored by the College Board for increasing access to advanced placement courses while raising the percentage of students earning passing scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, North Country Union High School in Newport, Stowe High School and U-32 in Montpelier have been placed on the AP District Honor Roll. The College Board’s AP Program allows academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while in high school.

Commission reaffirms anti-fluoride vote

BRADFORD (AP) -- A town commission that handles water and sewer matters has reaffirmed its vote to stop putting fluoride in the water supply

Robert Nutting, chairman of the Bradford Water and Sewer Commission, said he favors eliminating fluoride because he’s unaware of "how much is too much" to add.

Currently, 44 percent of Vermont towns don’t fluoridate their water supply.

Dr. Robert Munson, a dentist, said the decision is doing a disservice to residents. He said he was planning to start a petition to put the vote to residents.

Gun shop fire may be tied to worker injury

HIGHGATE (AP) -- Firefighters are investigating a fire at Vermont gun shop that might have started after an employee was injured while working on a firearm. Firefighters said smoke was coming out of the M&R Guns shop in Highgate about 3 p.m. Thursday. The shop is near the Highgate Elementary School , which was evacuated as a precaution. The fire was quickly put out. Investigators do not believe the fire is suspicious. They said an employee injured his hand while working on a firearm, and another employee locked the store and took him to the hospital. The fire was reported while they were at the hospital.


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