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Local & Regional News Briefs: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Fire Damages Bradford, Vt. Home

Bradford, Vt. — A fire in Bradford has displaced a family of five.

Bradford firefighters were called to a fire on Goshen Road at 8:25 a.m. on Monday and found smoke coming from the eaves, where the roof and sidewalls meet, and fire shooting from the roof.

A family of five, including children ages 7, 15 and 17, could not return to their home on Monday, according to the Red Cross.

No one was injured in the fire, Bradford Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Sanborn said, adding that the home is not a total loss.

The damage was confined primarily to the attic of the two-story cape. Although the family couldn’t stay at the home last night, Sanborn said he expects the home to be habitable after repairs are complete. Besides damage to the attic, Sanborn said the second floor suffered water and smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters from Piermont, East Corinth, Tri-Village, West Newbury, Newbury, Haverhill Corner, North Haverhill and Fairlee responded to the scene. The home is in a rural area outside the town’s hydrant district, and there were no nearby ponds, Sanborn said, adding that the additional departments were called to supply extra water.

Chelsea Man Hits Plow Truck In Sharon, Gets Ticket

Sharon — A Chelsea man was ticketed for attempting to pass a plow truck, which resulted in a collision.

Glenn Manning, 69, was traveling on Route 14 in Sharon early Sunday morning when he tried to pass a Vermont Agency of Transportation plow truck, according to police.

At the same time, the driver of the plow truck, Devan Paradis, 20, of Gaysville, Vt., was trying to turn left into a parking lot, causing Manning to sideswipe the truck and cause a collision. Manning was ticketed for the offense.

Vermont State Police are asking drivers to use extra caution when traveling near plow trucks and emergency vehicles, especially during harsh weather conditions.

Survey: 1 in 10 N.H. Adolescents Use Marijuana Regularly

Concord (ap) — As New Hampshire lawmakers consider a bill that would legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for adults, the state Health Department is drawing attention to research showing high marijuana use among 12-to-17-year-olds.

The information based on the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that about one in 10 adolescents in New Hampshire report regular use of marijuana, the ninth highest in the country.

“This is a disturbing finding,” said Joe Harding, director of the department’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. “It is an alarming rate and is well above the U.S. average of 7.6 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds nationally reporting marijuana use. This underscores the need for us to collaborate with not only our partners in the field, but also businesses, law enforcement, the medical field, and schools to implement proven strategies to prevent youth use of marijuana.”

The state rate for 18-to-25-year-olds using marijuana is the fifth highest in the country.

The study says the percentage of those who perceived great risk in using marijuana at least once a month is lower than national and regional averages.

It also says in 2012, of 12-to-17-year-olds who entered state-funded treatment facilities in the state, 80 percent sought treatment for marijuana dependence.

Manchester, Vt. Actor Aids Dog Cancer Fight

Montpelier (ap) — A beer pitchman is helping a Vermont-based company raise money to fight cancer in dogs.

Jonathan Goldsmith is a Manchester resident made famous by his role playing the Word’s Most Interesting Man in the Dos Equis beer commercials. But he’s also a dog lover hoping to raise funds for the Denver-based Morris Animal Foundation, which promotes veterinary research for companion animals, horses and wildlife.

“It’s very simple. It takes money, and I can help them raise money,” said Goldsmith, who has two Anatolian shepherds and lost a third dog to canine cancer. “The nicest thing about so-called celebrity status is to be able to call attention to the things that you believe in.”

The 75-year-old Goldsmith has appeared in movies and TV shows including Charlie’s Angels, T.J. Hooker, Magnum, P.I,. and Dallas.

He has also been involved in a number of nonprofit groups, including one that worked with survivors of land mines and bombs from war zones, and has worked with disabled and at-risk children.

He recently made an online commercial with his dog Willy as part of a campaign by the Manchester-based Orvis Co., which is known for its outdoor apparel and fly fishing but also has a dog catalog.

Orvis produced the commercial as a way to help encourage visitors to the website to nominate their dog as part of the Orvis Cover Dog Contest. People can enter their pet on the Orvis Cover Dog section of the company’s website.

Each vote costs $1, with the proceeds given to the Morris Foundation. In the five years Orvis has run the contest, they’ve raised almost $1 million. They are hoping to cross the $1 million threshold this year with Goldsmith’s help. The contest runs through the end of March.

The commercial was shot in Goldsmith’s home.

— Staff and wire reports