ON THE LISTS
Not everyone who needs help this season has only two legs. Yesterday evening, several lists got a post about K9 Quincy, a Vermont State Police dog who retired on Saturday. Quincy has bone cancer, and the costs of his treatment will be born by his handler. Sarah Dell's post includes one site you can go to to make a contribution. You can also check out the Vermont Police Canine Association's Facebook page, which has Cpl. Wade Labrecque's address, in case you want to contribute directly.
Turns out Norwich isn't the only place... that you can get people all fired up about new trash rules. The vibrant, occasionally peeved discussion going on right now on the Norwich list about the town’s move to institute a new pay-by-the-bag policy is kinda reminiscent of a small hooh-hah in Vershire just as summer was ending over that town’s trash and recycling policies. To see it all, go to dailyuv.com, click on the little Search magnifying-glass icon at the top right, and enter “trash” and “recycling.” Make sure you're in "All Lists" and have clicked the green "Talk of the Town" button up top. Once you get the results, clicking "Most Recent" will get you the Norwich ones all in a bunch and then, below them, the Vershire posts.
The roundabout way to Thetford: Just a warning that the Union Village Covered Bridge will be closed to traffic Monday morning and early afternoon.
Any data geeks out there? There was a post to the Upper Valley list the other day wondering whether there are any comparisons of how much Upper Valley towns spend on things like schools or police services. It hasn't gotten any responses, but surely someone in Norwich will have some thoughts.
BEYOND THE LISTS Serious help needed
Good intentions alone... aren't even close to being enough. Joe Asch's Dartblog today (12.10) notes that the Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking forged by former Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim has quietly folded for lack of attention. He links to an extensive Chronicle of Higher Education report on "Alcohol's Hold on Campus" that puts it bluntly: "But when he left Dartmouth to lead the World Bank, in 2012, the leadership and the money dried up. The project issued its first and final report this year." Asch has never been a fan of Kim's. The Chronicle report is more measured and makes for compelling, if depressing, reading.
Where the kebabs flow north... The Oktays, who own the Tuckerbox in White River Junction, are moving their Essex Junction kebab house to Church Street in Burlington, VT, come January. They're still working out menu and other details, says Seven Days. Still, isn't it good to know that the odds of finding a decent chicken Adana on the shores of Lake Champlain have just gone way up?