Lebanon Begins Search for Permanent City Manager
lebanon-mapLebanon will begin a search for a permanent City Manager. At the January 18, Mayor Georgia Tuttle announced the initiation of the Lebanon City Council’s process to search for a permanent City Manager at the Council’s meeting on January 18. The Council’s Governance Committee has been assigned the task of outlining a search process and a tentative period for the process in hopes of presenting their work to the Council for consideration on February 1, 2017.
Assistant Mayor Suzanne Prentiss will chair the Governance Committee’s meetings related to the search process.
Deputy City Manager Paula Maville has served as the Interim City Manager since June 20, 2016 and will continue in the position for the duration of the search. Both Tuttle and Prentiss applauded Maville’s leadership skills and steady hand in developing the annual work plan while overseeing both the City’s daily operations and the adoption of the 2017 budget. “Interim Manager Maville has once again served our City with distinction,” said Tuttle.
The date and time of the Council’s Governance Committee meeting(s) will be made available on the City’s website.

TT Accident Closed I-91
I-91 in Westminster was closed for several hours early Thursday morning for a Tractor Trailer accident. VT State Police say Dalmar Aden 27 of Essex Junction VT was driving Fedex International truck that was pulling two trailers when he lost control due to road conditions. One of the trailers went down an embankment and onto VT 121. The second trailer remained on Interstate 91 and caused major damage to the road surface and guard rails.
A second tractor trailer driven by 59-year-old Curtis Cottrell of Greenville SC was struck the second disconnected trailer on the interstate totaling it and blocking both lanes. Both drivers received minor injuries but t declined medical treatment.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 91, between exit 5 & 6 were closed for an extended time while vehicles were being removed and the bridge inspected by members of VTrans.

Gonorrhea Spikes in NH
New Hampshire Is Experiencing an Outbreak of Gonorrhea according to the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DHHS says that in 2016 they received reports of 465 cases of gonorrhea, a 250 percent increase from previous years’ average. For the years 2007-2013, they received reports on average of130 cases per year. The NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) recommends that everyone who is sexually active to talk with their health care provider about being tested for Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in the United States.
People with gonorrhea may not have symptoms, or only have mild symptoms. Symptoms can include burning or pain with urination, penile or vaginal discharge, or pain or swelling in the testicles of men. Rectal infection can also cause rectal pain, bleeding, or discharge, and throat infection can cause a sore throat.
Prevention of gonorrhea includes abstinence, getting tested for STDs before beginning a relationship with a new partner, limiting sex partners, and using condoms every time. Treating infections with appropriate antibiotics is important for stopping the spread of gonorrhea. For more information visit the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.

Historical Society Seeks Regatta Photos
The Sunapee Historical Society ‘s Barbara Chalmers is putting the final changes on Volume 1 of a two-volume series on Sunapee’s Regatta. The Lake Sunapee Regatta Association has held competitions in all sorts of water sports each August for more than 60 years, drawing competitors from all over and thousands of spectators. The book is the first comprehensive exploration of our lake’s regattas and follows the rise of the Lake Sunapee Regatta Association as the area evolved into a summer resort. Part Two is expected to be available by Summer 2017, but the historical society needs photos especially of regattas from 1947-57. If anyone has photos from that period, the historical society would like to have a scan of them. Contact or email Becky Rylander at brylander@gmail.com

Animals Safe After Springfield Animal Hospital Blaze
No animals were injured in fire that damaged the Springfield VT Animal Hospital on Thursday night. Employees saved all the animals who were at the facility and firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly.
When the fire fighters arrived shortly before 8:30 pm they found smoke and flames coming the rear corner of the building.
The cause of the fire is still uncertain but Springfield Fire Chief Thompson noted the fire occurred where there are two flues in the crematorium. In addition to Springfield, firefighters from Chester, Bellows Falls, Walpole NH, Ascutney and West Weathersfield responded to the blaze, while the Charlestown Fire Department covered the Springfield station.