• Vermont News: ‘Life change’ speaker at SHS
    March 20,2013

    BARRE — A motivational speaker who is scheduled to address students, faculty and staff at Spaulding High School today will give an encore presentation for anyone interested tonight.

    The public is invited to Bobby Petrocelli’s free 7 p.m. presentation in the high school auditorium.

    He is an international speaker and author on positive life-changing issues.

    His story is one of personal triumph and hope in the wake of tragedy. Petrocelli’s wife was killed when a pickup truck crashed through the bedroom wall of their home in 1985.

    The driver was found to be heavily intoxicated.

    Over the past 20 years Petrocelli, a former high school teacher and coach, has shared his story with corporations, educational institutions and professional athletic organizations.

    He has written and co-written 14 books, including “10 Seconds Will Change Your Life Forever” and “Triumph Over Tragedy.”

    He was invited to speak at Spaulding by the school’s chapter of SADD — Students Against Destructive Decisions. Petrocelli is the nephew of Boston Red Sox great Rico Petrocelli.

    Brattleboro mud

    map goes online

    BRATTLEBORO — Drivers in Brattleboro who want to know how the town’s roads are doing during mud season this year can now look online.

    Brattleboro is trying out an interactive, online map on the town’s website that shows roads in color code with up-to-date conditions.

    The site also has a chart that rates the roads from good to fair to poor to closed.

    The Brattleboro Reformer reports that under the town’s rating system a “good” road is passable by all vehicles, while a road in fair condition could require high clearance or four wheel drive.

    A road in poor condition means that only four-wheel drive vehicles will be able to navigate the mud.

    For more information go www.brattleboro.org.

    Wild boars worry state officials

    COLCHESTER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are worried about wild boar in the state.

    The invasive exotic species is found in 38 states.

    Vermont Public Radio reports the department is concerned that the boar could escape captive hunting facilities in Vermont.

    The fear is that the boar would prey on birds that nest on the ground and endangered plants, as well as other animals on private property.

    The department is asking the Legislature to ban possession and importation of the animals. Scott Darling, wildlife program director for the department, said the boars are very aggressive.

    — Staff and wire reports

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