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Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, August 29, 2014

14-Year-Old Struck by Car On Route 14 South

East Randolph — A teenage boy is being treated for severe head injuries after a car accident on Route 14 South.

Police say Zachary Paroline, 14, of East Randolph, was hit by a vehicle while he was checking the mail Thursday afternoon.

Just after 3:30 p.m., members of the State Police, White River Valley Ambulance and East Randolph Fire Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, according to a release by Vermont State Police.

Upon arrival at the scene, responders determined Paroline had been struck by a 2005 Cadillac CTS operated by Cady Boule, 17, of Randolph Center, as Paroline attempted to cross to the east side of the roadway. Boule did not sustain any injuries.

Crews managed to stabilize Paroline before he was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for further treatment.

Initial investigation indicates that Paroline had gotten out of a vehicle that had pulled up next to his family’s mailbox on the southbound side of the road and walked behind the stopped vehicle to cross to the east side of Route 14 South when he was hit by Boule’s northbound vehicle.

Boule did not see Paroline come out from behind the vehicle prior to him crossing the roadway, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.

Memorial Service Planned For Law School Professor

South Royalton — Members of the Vermont Law School community plan to gather to remember Professor Cheryl Hanna on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chase Community Center on campus.

Hanna, 48, was a VLS faculty member for two decades, an influential scholar on constitutional law and frequent commentator in statewide media. She died by suicide on July 27 at her Burlington home.

“We’d like to take some time to remember her, to honor the work that she’s done, and to celebrate the life that she lived,” VLS President Marc Mihaly said in a release.

Vilsack Says Up to $45 Million To Help Lake Champlain

Burlington — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in Vermont on Thursday that his agency will double the pace of spending on efforts to reduce farm runoff entering Lake Champlain.

Vilsack, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, both Vermont Democrats, announced that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide about $45 million to address a problem seen as a big contributor to the blue-green algae blooms that have clogged parts of the lake in recent years.

“This historic USDA investment will help improve water quality while assisting producers in establishing and expanding sound conservation practices,” Vilsack said. He said the agency would provide $45 million for lake cleanup efforts in the next five years, following $46 million in investments during the past 10 years.

At the same time, state officials announced they would be sending in extra staff from the Vermont agencies of Agriculture and Natural Resources to educate farmers and take enforcement action against violators in northwestern Vermont’s Franklin County, where some of the most severe runoff problems are said to originate.

This summer, the lake’s Missisquoi Bay and St. Albans Bay, which form parts of Franklin County’s western border, have had what Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears called some of the worst algae blooms his department’s scientists had ever seen.

Mears and state Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross said it wasn’t clear what was causing the extraordinary algae blooms, but speculated that the state may be seeing what Mears called an “echo” from Tropical Storm Irene, which hit three years ago Thursday and whose intense rainfall briefly caused a huge spike in runoff into the lake.

“Things can get worse very badly and very quickly when you have that kind of storm,” Ross said of Irene.

— Staff and wire reports