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NORTHFIELD — Mayo Healthcare would like to thank all of the Elton John raffle participants for supporting our music and memory program!

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) and the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont announce a draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is available for public comment through Dec. 12. The public may: Read the draft at https://fpr.vermont.gov/SCORP; provide comment via the form on the webpage (http://bit.ly/SCORPInput) or email ANR.FPRPublicInput@vermont.gov and put “SCORP” in the subject line; and call (802) 598-4551 or email amy.kelsey@uvm.edu to have a paper copy of the draft mailed to you.

WAITSFIELD — The Family Center of Washington County announces they were the recipients of Lawson’s Finest Liquid’s Social Impact Program from Oct. 16-31. The Family Center wishes to thank all the generous folks at Lawson’s and the community who made this possible. The Family Center, one of Vermont’s 15 state-designated network of Parent Child Centers, is a one-stop shop for families looking for connections and supports in central Vermont and the Mad River Valley.

BARRE — During the ninth annual Charity Sale, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel and customers collectively raised $24,175 for the Vermont Foodbank and JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf. Lenny’s also donated $3,567 to the JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf. To date, Lenny’s has donated over $133,000 to these organizations.

Cold weather safety tips

According to the National Weather Service, the coldest surge of Arctic air so far this season is bringing record low temperatures to much of the central and eastern U.S., even down to the Gulf Coast. The American Red Cross has steps you should take to stay safe, in the path of this winter weather.

Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.

Make sure you have enough heating fuel on hand.

Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.

Check on relatives, neighbors and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.

Protect pipes from freezing.

If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water. If the animals are outside, make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.

Stay safe outside

Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat.

Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from severely cold air.

Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses much of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly away from the body.

Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body. This will reduce your chances of muscle injury.

Avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a vehicle, or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia.

Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. Slips and falls occur frequently in winter weather, resulting in painful and sometimes disabling injuries.

If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation if possible. About 70 percent of winter deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles

Winter driving safety

Stay off the road if possible during severe weather. If you must drive in winter weather:

Keep in your vehicle – A windshield scraper and small broom. A small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats. Matches in a waterproof container. A brightly colored (preferably red) cloth to tie to the antenna. An emergency supply kit, including warm clothing.

Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency, and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

Make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road.

Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.

Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.

Don’t pass snow plows.

Ramps, bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways.

If you become stranded – Stay in the vehicle and wait for help. Do not leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards (91 meters). You can quickly become disoriented and confused in blowing snow. Display a trouble sign to indicate you need help. Hang a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) on the radio antenna and raise the hood after snow stops falling. Run the engine occasionally to keep warm. Turn on the engine for about 10 minutes each hour (or five minutes every half-hour). Running the engine for only short periods reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and conserves fuel. Use the heater while the engine is running. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and slightly open a downwind window for ventilation. Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.

Births

Copley Hospital

A boy, Lucas Alan Nutter, was born Nov. 3, 2019, to Steven and Chelsea (Paton) Nutter, of Craftsbury.

A boy, Levi William Small, was born Nov. 5, 2019, to Sarah Thompson and Wyatt Small, of Hyde Park.

A boy, Oliver Vose Paradee, was born Nov. 7, 2019, to Andrew and Anne (Williams) Paradee, of Stowe.

A girl, Eva Vera Santini, was born Nov. 11, 2019, to Jasmine Bigelow and Eric Santini, of Morristown.

Gifford Medical Center

A boy, Avery Charles Brown, was born Oct. 27, 2019, to Alexandria and Riley Brown, of East Randolph.

A girl, Molly Alimi Cook, was born Oct. 30, 2019, to Andrew and Elizabeth (Alimi) Cook, of Waitsfield.

A boy, Sebastian Belthazar Barnett, was born Oct. 31, 2019, to Shayna Sanborn and Bradley Barnett, of Barre.

College news

The following local residents have earned their Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University: Cherlyn Dufresne, Jodi Spaulding, both of Barre; Maria Melekos, of East Calais; and Tracey O’Shea, of Waitsfield.

Anneka Williams, of Waitsfield, majoring in biology with a minor in earth and oceanographic science, has been recognized for scholarship excellence as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, as well as receiving a Sarah and James Bowdoin Book Award, at Bowdoin College.

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