Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. –– Crews working to repair a utility ditch have shut down the 100 to 200 blocks of West Court Street, with work expected to finish Friday. Anna Lamb Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb Tagged: construction, ithaca, road work, traffic, west court street The work of repairing old asphalt around water and sewer utility ditches in the area began Tuesday morning.The area of West Court will be closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the work, and limited street parking is available. Of course, emergency vehicle and bus routes will remain accessible. Drivers should plan their commutes accordingly.
A celebration of two new elementary schools focusing on sustainability and the arts in Burlington was highlighted today with the announcement of dual Champlain College scholarships aimed at helping graduates of the magnet schools attend college.The Holly and Bob Miller Magnet School Scholarship for the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes and The Lois McClure Magnet School Scholarship for the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler were established earlier this year by Champlain College to honor the Millers and Mrs. McClure for their community support of continuing education. The need-based scholarships will provide up to $20,000 a year in tuition expenses for two students who attend Champlain College. The main requirement is attendance at one of the magnet schools for four years, followed by continued education in Burlington School District schools and graduation from Burlington High School (BHS). The first scholarships will be awarded to members of the BHS Class of 2018.“These scholarships, established as part of honoring these three community leaders with honorary degrees from Champlain College in May, reflect their ongoing support for continuing education for Burlington’s young people,” said Champlain College President David Finney. “The magnet school concept for Burlington will help focus students on their interests, improve student and parent engagement in education and ultimately bring socio-economic integration at the two schools.” “We are so appreciative of the incredible community partners that play an integral part of our new magnet programs, and enhance all of our schools. We are honored that Champlain College has created this new scholarship program that provides a tremendous opportunity for our students,” noted Burlington School Superintendent Jeanne Collins.A magnet school, according to Victor Prussack, coordinator of the Burlington program, is a public school that offers a specialized program and is open to school children from around the city of Burlington. While there are more than 4,000 elementary magnet schools across the country, these are the first such schools in Vermont. “These dynamic alternative schools were created by the Burlington School District to offer options for children and families who seek a unique learning environment.”Students from all over Burlington as enrolled in the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler and the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes. Students study the same things as all elementary school children, including literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music, Spanish and physical education. Special programs at both schools integrate community studies outside the classroom and in partnership with organizations such as Shelburne Farms, Flynn Center, Very Merry Theatre Company.The celebration included a parade of students and teachers from both schools down Church Street Marketplace, led by Sambatucada, to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Vermont. Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca and Burlington School Superintendent Collins welcomed the students, parents and community partners to the event and thanked supporters, partners and funders of the new schools. More information about the magnet school program is available at www.bsdvt.org(link is external) or by contacting Victor Prussak at [email protected](link sends e-mail).Champlain College, founded in 1878, offers “Education in Three Dimensions” – a distinctive educational approach to professionally focused majors, developing life skills and leadership based on critical and creative thinking. It has nearly 2,000 campus-based undergraduate students on campus and is ranked in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external). Source: Champlain College. BURLINGTON, Vt., (Sept. 24, 2009) —
A young black bear cub received the second-ever blood transfusion at Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.The cub was found by a local resident in Bristol, Tennessee and reported to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The agency’s protocol for bear cubs is to observe the bear for 36 hours, thereby ensuring that it is actually an orphan and not merely left alone by its mother for a short while. If the mother is confirmed dead or absent, and the cub is estimated to be fewer than 30 pounds, the TWRA policy is to capture the bear.After 36 hours, the lone bear cub in question was found lying next to a stream and was caught without the use of any tranquilizers. The bear was then transported to the Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where it received the name Summitt after the famed University of Tennessee women’s basketball team, Pat Summitt.Veterinarians sedated Summitt and underwent a physical exam of the yearling. Blood tests showed the 23-pound cub was severely anemic, with a red blood cell concentration of 6 percent instead of the average 35 to 45 percent, and was in desperate need of a blood transfusion.The veterinarians contacted the curators of the bear habitat at the Knoxville Zoo in search for healthy bear blood. Vets at the zoo sent over 300 milliliters of blood from a healthy black bear. Whenever a blood transfusion is preformed on an animal, there is always the risk for the animal’s body to attack the new cells, so the veterinarians kept a close watch on the cub’s vitals. Summitt made it through the transfusion and is adapting to life at the cub nursery at the Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tennessee.The bear is expected to make a full recovery and could be returned to the wild as early as this summer.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — With all the smartphones, tablets, computers and video games around, it’s easy to forget that there is life beyond a screen. It’s Screen-Free Week, a time to rediscover some of the joys of being unplugged.Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said turning off screens can shift the focus to more engaging activities, which can improve well-being and relationships.“We want to get people to stop looking at those screens and start looking at each other,” he said, “because we have so much to offer each other.”While the idea of having their children go screen-free might send parents into a panic, Golin said they might be surprised with the result.“Kids are much more imaginative at coming up with activities than we give them credit for these days,” he said. “So if we can start to break that habit – as the second we’re bored we reach for the tablet or we turn on the video-game system – we’d be amazed at the ways that kids can entertain themselves.”Excessive use of screens is linked to attention problems, poor school performance, sleep problems and emotional difficulties among children. Because children are always watching their parents, Golin said, it’s important that good habits are practiced in the home.“So that means when we’re having conversations, we’re not distracted looking at our phones,” he said. “That means we’re not bringing our devices to the dining room table. We’re absolutely not glancing at our phones when we’re on the road because our children will be driving someday and we don’t want to be modeling that behavior as well.”Experts discourage screen time for children younger than age 2, and for other children no more than two hours a day of educational programming. But research shows that 8- to 18-year-olds spend about seven hours using screen media every day.