Local & regional news briefs for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

Published: 1/25/2020 10:42:16 PM
Modified: 1/25/2020 10:42:03 PM
Interim director selectedfor Haverhill’s Court Street Arts

HAVERHILL — Philip Coutu, of Monroe, N.H., has been named Court Street Arts’ interim director by the board of directors of Haverhill Heritage, according to a news release from the organization.

Coutu’s appointment follows the departure of former executive director Keisha Luce. His responsibilities will include overseeing programming, marketing and coordinating performances and events during the spring. Coutu, a volunteer with the organization, has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and graphic design as well as experience in business, marketing and customer service.

He will be assisted by Interim Building Manager Ed Moodie, who was recently appointed by the board to oversee and maintain Alumni Hall.

Vermont Legislature celebrates CCV’s 50th anniversary

MONTPELIER — The Community College of Vermont kicked off its 50th year with a celebration at the Vermont Statehouse last week.

Gov. Phil Scott, CCV alumnus Rep. Dylan Giambatista, CCV faculty member Sen. Ginny Lyons and CCV President Joyce Judy offered remarks, and a Senate Resolution was read on the House floor in honor of the college’s anniversary, according to a news release.

“In 1970, CCV opened its doors with 10 classes and 50 students in Montpelier. ... I don’t think anyone in 1970 could have imagined that we would become the second-largest institution of higher education in Vermont,” Judy said in her remarks, according to the release.

CCV was founded in 1970 with the mission to deliver post-secondary education to Vermonters in their communities and has served more than 150,000 students since. Currently, 10,000 students are enrolled each year at 12 locations and online.

Original poems wanted for Randolph event

RANDOLPH — PoemTown Randolph is asking Vermont residents to submit poetry to be considered for the town’s April poetry celebration.

Poems will be posted around town in Randolph. Submissions are due by Saturday, according to a news release from the organization.

“This year, as we move into a new decade on our planet, poets are encouraged, though it is not mandatory, to submit poems that consider our climate emergency,” the news release stated.

No more than three poems should be submitted per person, each of them 24 lines or less. People should send one to three original poems as Microsoft Word or plain text attachments to musbird@gmail.com. In the text of an email, include the submitter’s name and contact information in cluding mailing address, email address and telephone number. Each poem should be attached separately with the title of the poem as the document name and no other identifying information.

Poets are asked to not submit any work that has been previously displayed in any PoemTown or PoemCity celebrations or any poems that have previously appeared in print anywhere else.

Those without access to email can contact Janet Watton at 802-728-9402 to make alternate submission arrangements.

Vt. considers emojis on license plates

MONTPELIER — A bill in Vermont would take vanity license plates into new territory with the introduction of emojis.

State Rep. Rebecca White, D-Windsor, introduced the proposal to let drivers add one of six available emojis to their license plate, MyNBC5 reported. Her bill recently went before the Committee on Transportation.

The symbols would not replace letters or numbers assigned by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles nor those selected by a vehicle’s owner.

At this point, it’s unclear what the new plates would look like or what emojis would be allowed.

NH bill would require restaurant allergy training

CONCORD — A House bill in New Hampshire would establish new regulations at restaurants regarding food allergies.

The proposed law was inspired by the death of a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student in April. Rachel Hunger went out to eat with friends and wasn’t aware that an egg roll she ate contained peanuts, WMUR-TV reported. She went into cardiac arrest and died 18 days later.

The bill would require that someone at every restaurant be certified and trained in food allergies. It would also require restaurants to post notices that it’s up to the customer to inform the food server that they have a particular allergy.

— Staff and wire reports

Supporters of the bill, which was scheduled to be reviewed by House committees this week, say added costs would be minimal.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services testified that additional training would cost $100 to $150.




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