Local and Regional News Briefs: Thursday, June 26
Inge-Lise Ameer, senior associate dean of the college, will serve as Interim Dean of the College beginning August 1, 2014. (Dartmouth College photograph)
This still image from streaming online video provided by Biodiversity Research Institute shows an adult bald eagle, center, feeding a young eaglet Wednesday afternoon, June 25, 2014 in a nest at an undisclosed location along coastal Maine. Webcast viewers saw another eaglet in the nest die over the weekend, when it seemed the parents had abandoned the nest. Erynn Call, state raptor specialist, said the death was a common occurrence in nature and is representative of what happens in other nests. She said it is the state's policy not to intervene. (AP Photo/Biodiversity Research Institute)
Dartmouth Names Interim Dean
Hanover — Inge-Lise Ameer, a senior dean at Dartmouth College, will serve as interim head dean come August, a college press release announced Wednesday.
She will replace Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, who will leave in July to become dean of students at Scripps College in California.
Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon had announced in April that Johnson was stepping down.
Meanwhile, Provost Carolyn Dever will supervise Ameer and help select the next Dean of the College.
Ameer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and has piloted the expansion of academic support services, as well as services for students with disabilities.
Pharmacy Required to Improve Accessibility for Disabled
Woodstock — The Woodstock Pharmacy has agreed to bring their Central Street store into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that prohibits public places from discriminating based on disability.
Pharmacy owner Gary Smith has until Oct. 10 to address compliance issues “related to the shop’s entrances and interior spaces,” according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation began following a complaint to the Vermont Human Rights Commission regarding the accessibility to the Pharmacy.
Hartford to Redo Parking At Municipal Building
Hartford — The Selectboard this week voted to use money from an old loan fund to pay for accessibility components of the renovated town offices, therefore freeing up some of that project’s bond money to redo the parking lot.
Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg said about $87,000 remains in a revolving loan fund that had been available to the town for years. It originated as federal dollars given to the town to loan to homeowners for weatherization and similar home improvement purposes, he said.
Once homeowners paid the money back to the town, it became town money with the stipulation that it be used for specific purposes such as facilitating handicap access.
Selectboard member Dick Grassi was the lone member to vote against the motion to put the $87,000 toward the renovated municipal building’s elevator and other access areas.
Several Selectboard members said it made sense to do so since the parking lot will already be torn up during construction for things like water and sewer pipe lines. Otherwise, construction workers would patch over those spots, making for a new building with an old parking lot.
Baby Eagle’s Death Broadcast by Webcam
Portland, Maine — Wildlife officials are defending their decision not to intervene before an eaglet featured on a webcam died.
Viewers across the country called and emailed wildlife officials asking them to step in when it seemed that the parents had abandoned the pair of baby bald eagles in a coastal Maine nest. One of the eaglets died over the weekend.
Erynn Call, state raptor specialist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said it’s common for eagles to die before reaching maturity. If one of the two eagles survives, then that would be considered a success, she said.
It’s also the state’s policy not to intervene, she said.
On Wednesday, the webcam showed the survivor getting a meal of a bird that was shredded to pieces by an adult eagle. The eaglet squawked loudly as it snapped up the meal. The webcam is operated by the Biodiversity Research Institute, which also defended the decision to let nature takes its course.
“The general view is not to intervene,” said Patrick Keenan, outreach director.— Staff and wire reports