Springfield, VT

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Exploring the ‘Cool Science’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Comfortable temperatures and, with luck, some vacation time, make summer the perfect season to get out and enjoy the sunshine. But don’t forget life after the sun goes down. Star parties and viewings at local observatories offer a good chance to kick back and look up. And chances are, you’ll receive an enthusiastic welcome. Erek Alper, a Dartmouth graduate student in physics and astronomy, looks forward to the “big Q and A” sessions that break out at the college’s Shattuck Observatory on Observatory Road. Students, couples on a date night, families with kids — all sorts of people show up during public viewing hours. And …

New HCRS CEO Also Has Deferred Compensation Package

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, in the wake of controversy about the deferred compensation package it arranged for longtime and now former Chief Executive Judith Hayward, is salting away money for her successor. Disclosure earlier this year that Hayward had collected $686,000 — funded through three annual contributions of $150,000 and a fourth of $200,000 — prompted …

Paul Putnam

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chester, Vt. — Paul Putnam passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015, peacefully in the early morning hours. He was born on May 19, 1961, in Springfield, Vt. Son of Roberta and Arthur Putnam, Paul graduated from Green Mountain Union High School, class of 1979. Paul was a self-employed carpenter for over 25 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting with his son, …

Volunteer Spotlight: He Has the Drive to Serve Fellow Veterans

Sunday, June 7, 2015

White River Junction — Lawrence “Larry” Cayia has been retired for years, but he still has a regular commute. Four days a week, the Essex Junction, Vt., resident brings veterans from Chittenden County to their appointments at the …

At the Hospitals: June 7, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Alice Peck Day Names RN of the Year Lebanon — Pat Ferraro, a registered nurse in Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s Medical Surgical Unit, was named 2015 RN of the year in celebration of National Nurses Week, held …

‘A Story to Tell’: Ex-Addict From Hartford Graduates From CCV a Changed Man

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Northfield, Vt. — On his first day of class, drug addict Wayne Miller, 27, of White River Junction, had a plan to scam Community College of Vermont for the value of his tuition check. On his last day …

People in Business: June 7, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jay L. Clausen, of New London, a scientist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, recently received his doctorate in natural resources and earth systems sciences from the University of …

Tax Filing Details Top D-H Payouts

Friday, June 5, 2015

Lebanon — The $675,000 severance payment awarded by Dartmouth-Hitchcock during 2013 to a “former senior advisor” to its chief executive barely made a public ripple or financial splash. Nor did the $320,000 “change of control payment” made to a staff physician who had been working as an executive …

HCRS Policy Hid Loss

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc., a social service agency already under fire after disclosures of a controversial $686,000 payment to a former chief executive, lost $1.8 million operating small group homes …

HCRS Tax Returns Were Silent on Calif. Operation

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The decision by Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. to launch a new venture 3,000 miles away and the resulting $1.8 million flow of red ink attracted little, if any, notice outside the agency. That’s not surprising. HCRS, which receives millions of …

Pulling Event Targets Invasives

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — To help curb the spread of invasive plants, the Black River Action Team will hold a garlic mustard pulling event on June 7, from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the gravel parking lot at Springweather Nature Area, just off Reservoir Road. Participants should bring …

At the Hospitals: May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Healthy Living Programs Receive Mini-Grants New London — Three local organizations have received community wellness grants from the The Wellness Connection: For a Healthy Lake Sunapee Region. Created this year, the mini-grant program provides funding for area nonprofits, …

Off-Road 5K in Springfield, Vt., Will Benefit Friends of Veterans

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Springfeld, Vt. — A 5K run and walk on May 30 in North Springfield will benefit Friends of Veterans. The Hartford-based nonprofit supports Vermont veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. Organized by the Springfield High School National Honor Society, the 5K features an out and …