Author: Sun staff

January is Radon Action Month

In Vermont, we work hard to protect our kids from anything that may cause them harm. This is doubly true in school buildings, where we vet the people going in and out, monitor things like allergens and medications, and take careful notice of how we maintain facilities. Unfortunately, there is a missing link in school safety, and that is in the air our kids breathe daily. High levels of radon have been found in schools across the country – including some in Vermont. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer. It...

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Guardians ad litem in the courts

Guardians ad litem in the courts Guardians ad litem are trained, court-appointed community volunteers who look out for the best interest of a child going through the court process. These volunteers make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. National studies have shown that children with a volunteer GAL spend less time in foster care and do better in school than those without a GAL. Unfortunately, more GALs are needed in both Chittenden County and throughout Vermont. If you would like to learn more on how to make this important difference in a child’s life, there...

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CHS musician of the month: Kayle Morse

Kaylyn Morse, Senior Bass Clarinet — Wind Ensemble Alto Saxophone — Jazz Band Kaylyn has been a wonderful part of this program over the years, showing exceptional enthusiasm and sincerity for all of the music she has encountered. I can always count on her to give thoughtful feedback or ideas on the music we are rehearsing at any point. Kaylyn always has great focus during class, absorbing and retaining all that we work on, and always writing things down in her part. What has been some of your favorite memories or experiences involving concert and jazz band, from grade...

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Barbara Ruth Brewster Howard

Williston, Fla. – Barbara Ruth Brewster Howard passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, in her home with daughter Bonnie at her side. At 97, she left this world much as she lived in it: on her own terms, yet always prepared to go along for the ride. Barb was that perfect paradox: The giver of down-on-the-farm Yankee wisdom, but also whimsical as a schoolchild. She was both nail tough and could create the most delicate, ornamental pie crust. “You can’t be in two places at once,” she’d say, or, “I guess he needed it more than we did” when someone...

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VNA completes $7.1 million Respite House capital campaign

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties is pleased to announce the recent completion of its McClure Miller VNA Respite House capital campaign. Begun in March 2016, the capital campaign successfully raised $7.1 million dollars to fund construction of the larger, state-of-the-art hospice residence in Colchester. McClure Miller Respite House is the only Medicare-certified residential hospice in Vermont. Through the generosity of 567 donors, led by benefactors Lois McClure and Holly and Bob Miller, for whom the new VNA Respite House is named, and the sale of the VNA’s original Vermont Respite House property in Williston, the...

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