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Tina Jeanette Beede Tina Jeanette Beede, 51, of Barre, VT, passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2018 at Fletcher Allen in Burlington, VT surrounded by her family and friends. Tina was born June 9, 1966 in Barre, VT. Her parents were deceased before her, Pearline J. Robinson-Burke and Eugene D. Robinson, and step-father Richard Burke. Tina married her husband James Beede of Barre August 13, 2005 who she has left behind and loved so dearly. She grew up in Montpelier, VT and graduated from Montpelier High School. She also attended college at Woodbury in Montpelier, VT. Tina is survived by her three children Amber Thomas and her husband Ethan Thomas of Barre, Joshua Sears of Barre, and Adriana White and her husband Dan White of Northfield. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Destini Feccia, Kylie Feccia, Zyta-Rose Blow, Raiden White, Leon Little, Odin Thomas, Jack Feccia and Zöe Thomas (due to be born in March). Tina also leaves behind her baby siblings Eugene Robinson Jr. of Florida and Alice Robinson of Johnson, VT. Tina’s older sister Sheila Rogers of Wells River, VT was also deceased before her. Tina has left behind many nieces and nephews and her very loved dog Jada, plus many friends. Tina absolutely loved spending time with her children and her grandchildren. She also enjoyed taking many walks daily no matter the weather and stride to make everyone happy. There was not a person who fell in love with Tina when they met her and she “adopted” many people as her own. She was a very well known and loved lady. She touched so many lives and loved more than she ever realized. Services will be announced by family at a later date. Other passings.... KEITH THOMPSON ATEN, age 58, chose to end his life on Jan. 11, 2017. His many friends and family are heartbroken by this final act that contradicted their knowledge of Keith as the joyful, witty and compassionate man whom they loved. Born in Cold Springs, NY, and raised in Geneva, NY, Keith graduated from Hamilton College in 1982. His first job after college was as a residential advisor at Charles River Academy in Cambridge, MA. Keith and Bonnie Johnson both moved to Montpelier and married in 1986. Two sons soon followed: Tyler in 1988 and Alex in 1989. His boys were and remained the light of his life. Keith graduated Vermont Law School in 1993 and began his career as an attorney. He worked at Downs, Rachlin and Martin for seven years. In January 2001, he, along with two other lawyers, established Aten Clayton & Eaton PLLC, in Littleton, NH. Keith had a lifelong love of the outdoors. He will be remembered for his quick smile, his kindness and generosity in friendship, his sense of fun, and his extensive knowledge of knot-tying. Keith, Bonnie, Tyler and Alex traveled together every year as a family, alternating destinations both abroad and in the states. Keith was a uniquely caring and giving husband, father, friend, son and brother. Despite outward appearances, this last year brought on a severe depression that he was unable to overcome. While he will be sorely missed, Keith’s friends and loved ones are grateful to know that he is no longer suffering. Keith is survived by his soulmate, Bonnie Johnson-Aten; his two sons, Tyler and Alex Aten; his father, Carl Aten; sister Lorraine (Arun) and brother Steven Aten. Keith was a favorite uncle to a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his relatives, Bonnie’s family embraced him as one of their own. Keith was a beloved friend of many people whose lives he enriched over the years. ALLAN CLARK BELLEW, 98, longtime central Vermont resident, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2018, at the Veterans Affairs hospital in White River Junction, VT. Born on Nov. 16, 1919, in Winchester, MA, he was the son of John and Isabel Bellew. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1937. After high school, he attended Wagner Sign School in Boston. At the outbreak of World War II, Allan enlisted in the United States Army. He served with distinction in the Pacific Theater in the 238th AAA Searchlight Battalion in New Guinea, New Britain and the Philippines and was honorably discharged with the rank of master sergeant. On July 9, 1946, he married Caroline Haugh. They lived in Williamstown, VT for 40 years, where they raised their family before moving to PRUNEAU-POLLI FUNERAL HOME Serving All Faiths Family Owned & Operated 58 Summer Street • Barre, Vermont 802-476-4621 Proud Member National Funeral Directors Association Handicap Accessible page 10 The WORLD January 24, 2018 Montpelier. In 2005, they moved to Wilder, VT, where Allan cared for Caroline for several years until her death in 2012. Allan began his career as a sign painter and operated Bellew Sign Co. in Barre for several years, then later worked for Barre Sign Co. until his retirement. He was also a substitute rural mail carrier in Williamstown, a job he enjoyed as it led him to meet many town residents. Children sending letters to Santa might just find a handwritten reply in their mailbox the next day. Allan enjoyed ice skating, running, tennis and listening to big-band music and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include two daughters, Caren LaRocque and her husband, Andrew, of Church Hill, TN, and Sally Bellew, of Wilder, VT; a three grandsons, one granddaughter; as well as several nieces and nephews. EDNA BLANCHARD, of Powerhouse Road in Groton, passed away on Jan. 13, 2018, at Cottage Hospital. Edna was born March 11, 1931, in Barre, VT, to Grace Boyce and Wilbur Chandler. After her mother passed, during the birth of a younger sibling, Edna was raised in foster care for 10 years. She married Paul Lakin in April 1947; they moved to Groton where they raised five children. In October 1968, she married Lyman Blanchard; they also lived in Groton. Through the years, Edna worked at Groton Bobbin Mill and Grafton County Home, where she retired from nursing in 1991, after more than 20 years. Edna’s “True Love” was spending time with her “crazy” family whom she loved to entertain, the more the merrier! Some of her favorite pastimes included crocheting, cooking, dancing and playing games. Edna is survived by her sister, Janice Smith and husband Phil, of Topsham; two daughters, Patricia Page and husband Howard, of Ryegate, and Paula Emerson, of Groton; three sons, Fredrick Lakin and wife Rhonda, of South Ryegate, James Lakin and fiancée Stephanie, of Charlestown, NH, and Charles Lakin and wife Blenda, of Groton. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews and many close family friends. SELWYN F. “SONNY” BOWEN, age 86, of Crescent Lane, died Jan. 11, 2018, at his home with his family about him. Born Aug. 17, 1931, in Barre City, he was the son of Hylas and Blanche (Borry) Bowen and stepson of Arthur Remillard. He attended Spaulding High School and after graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949. He served with the 70th Armored Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1952. On March 19, 1955, he married Mary Ann Paterson in Barre. Following their wedding, they made their home in Barre. Sonny was first employed as a machinist/welder/fabricator at Smith, Whitcomb and Cook. When at Dynapower, he fabricated enclosures for industrial power distribution systems. Sonny loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, golfing, but nothing was more important to him than attending his grandchildren’s events and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Barre Fish and Game Club, the American Legion Post #10 of Barre, the Canadian Club and the VFW Post #790, also of Barre. He loved Vermont and his country, showing this by volunteering as a fireman and placing flags for veterans in the cemeteries for Memorial Day. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Bowen, of Barre Town; his son, Steve Bowen and his wife, Vicky, of Reedville, VA; his daughter, Linda Boyce and her husband, Tom, of Colchester; his daughter, Lori Bullock and her husband, Ralf, of Barre Town; and his daughter, Pam Lenahan and her husband, Joe, of Barre; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. DOROTHY LUCILLE CAYIA, age 94, of the Barre Manor, passed away Jan. 1, 2018, in Berlin. Dorothy was born on July 3, 1923, in Plainfield, the daughter of Clyde and Nettie (Getchell) Laird. Upon her graduation from Montpelier High School, Dorothy was invited to work in Washington, D.C., at the War Defense Department during WWII. She met her first husband, Wallace Ringgenberg, and was married in Montpelier, June, 24, 1945. They raised two children, Patricia Ann and Edward Laird, in Iowa. In 1963, she returned to Vermont. Dorothy retired from the state of Vermont where she worked in the highway department and the environmental agency. She also worked at the Plainfield Health Center. In 1969, she married her soul mate, James Cayia, in Berlin. During these years, she was active in her church in many leadership positions. She loved teaching genealogy and was an active member of the DAR in Barre. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ringgenberg Hansen (McKay), eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also beloved by her sister, Betty Bell, and numerous devoted nieces and nephews. ANDREW R. CRETE, 86, of Barre Town, passed away on Jan. 9, 2018, at Barre Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation in Barre. Andy was born in Graniteville, the son of the late Zepherin and Jane (Moreau) Crete. He graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Montpelier, and attended Pasadena State College in CA. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served his country on the USS Mullany during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954. On Jan. 28, 1956, he married Eleanor McElaney at St. Sylvester Church in Barre Town where they settled down and raised their family. He worked for Rock of Ages as a bookkeeper, and then founded Crete & Crete Bookkeeping which he ran for over 40 years until his retirement in 2005. Andy and his wife also ran SuperMusic & Co. for 19 years, instilling the love of music into his children. He had a passion for picking blueberries, strawberries and apples in the orchard. He enjoyed taking his family camping and often took them to Old Orchard Beach in Maine. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eleanor; his children Michael Crete, of Soperton, GA, Kathleen Remsing and her husband, Tom Remsing, of Whidbey Island, WA, Karen Crete and her partner, David Wark, of West Topsham, Donald Crete, of East Barre, Kevin Crete, of Tucson, AZ; his dear friend, Sue Rossi, of Barre; and three grandchildren, He is also survived by sisters Lorraine LaRouchelle and Rollande “Ronnie” Messier Lajeunesse and her husband, Roland; stepsisters Theresa Rowe and her husband, Will, Helen Prussian, Claire Groleau and her husband, Norman; stepbrothers Rene Crete and Normand Crete; and many nieces and nephews. LOIS GADUE HASELTINE, 94, of Barre, VT, formerly of North Haven, CT, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2018, at the Berlin Health & Rehab Center in Barre. She was born July 21, 1923, in New Haven, CT. Lois is survived by her loving husband, Calvin; and loving children Betsy Haseltine, of Charlotte, NC, Davis (Peg) Haseltine, of Plymouth, MA, and Bill (Mona) Haseltine, of North Haven, CT. She is also survived by several grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and additional family members. Family was always the center of Lois’ world and she greatly valued education. She attended the University of Connecticut for three years studying bacteriology and other sciences, with the professional goal of becoming a nurse. During that time of WWII, she made the decision to enter the Nurse Cadet Corps and nursing school at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. There, she met Calvin, who shortly thereafter, became her beloved husband of 72 years. In 1949, she moved to a new house in North Haven, where she lived for more than 40 years, and raised her five children with love and devotion. In 1959, she and Calvin had the opportunity to return to school at Southern Connecticut State College to become teachers. Lois taught high school English at North Haven H.S. and was head of the department for many years. In her retirement years, after a move to Barre, Lois continued her swimming, taught a continuing education class on Chaucer for several years at Dartmouth, traveled to Europe, and for many years was the head of the tour guides at the State House in Montpelier. JANET B. (AVERY) JONES, 49, passed away on Jan. 10, 2018, at Central Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by her family, of a short battle with cancer. Born March 26, 1968, she is the daughter of William and Linda K. Avery. Janet attended Williamstown schools and graduated with the class of 1986. Survivors include her parents, William and Linda Avery; her husband, William G. Jones; her son, Christopher Cook and his fiancée, Jill; two stepsons, Nathan W. Jones and Ethan V. Jones, and their spouses; her sisters, Billie Jo Brown and companion James, Bobbie Jo Powers and her husband, Shawn; her brothers, Joshua Avery, James Avery and his wife, Darcy, and Nathaniel Avery; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law; her two grandmothers; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. CORA KENNEDY was born on July 25, 1931, in Barre, VT, to Winona and Friend Melvin. At 2 years of age, she moved with her parents and older sister, Patricia, to Chelsea, VT. Cora attended and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1950. She worked as a secretary for the electric company after graduation. She fell in love with and married a local man, Carl J. Kennedy Sr., on June 23, 1956. As Carl was in the Army, after having three children, they began traveling and lived in Africa, Germany, Afghanistan and El Salvador. A fourth child was born in El Salvador. They then returned to the U.S. and two years later, moved to and eventually retired in Nashville, TN. Cora enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and cooking but the biggest loves of her life were babies and small children, especially her grandchildren. Cora died on Jan. 4, 2018, at 86 years of age, at Elmcroft of Brentwood, in Nashville, TN, after a long illness. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Royce and Jane Bedia. She is also survived by her four children, Cheryl Kennedy (Jon Seaborg), Carl Kennedy Jr. (Denise), Chuck Kennedy (Sharon) and Chris Kennedy (Jennifer Bruner); and seven grandchildren. ELIZABETH “LIBBY” CARLL LAFRANCE, 83, died on Jan. 15, 2018, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on April 18, 1934, in Waterboro, ME, the daughter of Frank E. and Ursula (Cameron) Carll. She attended public schools in Waterboro and graduated in the class of 1951. On Sept. 19, 1964, she married Donald Atkins in Hardwick. They later divorced. She later married Richard LaFrance on June 12, 2007, who survives her. Libby began working in Portland, ME, for the Unum Co. and in 1964, she began working for National Life as a claims examiner until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, fishing and spending time near the ocean. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, puzzles and playing cards. Survivors include her son, Bill Atkins and his wife, Tammy, of East Montpelier, and their children, Kyllie Fortin and her fiancé, Kendell Ogden, Jordan Atkins, Taylor Gagne, Kassidy Colburn and Alec Atkins. She is also survived by a brother, James Carll and his wife, Judi, of Waterboro, ME, and several nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her best friend of 79 years, Alison Hayford, of Alfred, Maine, and very special friend, Mary Porter, of East Montpelier. ANDREW DUSTIN MELENDY, 72, of Fox Run Road, passed away on Jan. 10, 2018, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born March 18, 1945, in Barre City, he was the son of Warren A. and Evangeline A. (Whitcomb) Melendy. He attended elementary school in Johnson, Chelsea and Upper Websterville before attending Spaulding High School. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army serving as an ordinance support specialist until he was honorably discharged in 1967. Andrew married Linda Randall in 1967 and they later separated. On Dec. 31, 1993, he married Pearl Emerson in Orange. He lived in the central Vermont area, eventually settling in Williamstown. He was first employed by the city of Montpelier in the Public Works Department before working as a truck driver for Cooley, Jerry Perantoni and Pike Paving companies. Andrew was a lifetime member of the Canadian Club of Barre and in his spare time, he enjoyed watching racing, going continued on next page

camping, building campfires, mowing his lawn, snowmobiling and going to his grandson Dylan’s dirt bike races. Survivors include his wife, Pearl Melendy, of Williamstown; his stepdaughter, Cindy MacRitchie and her husband, Cooper, of Williamstown; his stepson, Herman Spencer III, of Benson; and his daughter’s best friend, Maria West, who was like a daughter to him; his grandson, Dylan MacRitchie and his partner, Bailee Tremblay, of Williamston, and granddaughter, Riley MacRitchie, of Williamstown; his brothers Stephen Melendy, of East Montpelier and Bruce Melendy and his wife, Donna; three sisters, Dianne Bishop, of Northfield, Joanne Tremblay and her husband, Roger, of Websterville, and Carole Noury and her husband, Michael, of Williamstown; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. CECILIA YVONNE MILLER, 103 years old, of Johnson, VT, passed away on Jan. 9, 2018. She was born in North Stanbridge, Quebec, on Feb. 13, 1914, the daughter of William Edward Daudelin and Aurelia Olivina Coulombe. She settled with her family in Johnson on May 14, 1914. She attended Johnson Elementary and High School, where she graduated in 1933. Ceil attended the Wilfred Beauty/Cosmetology School in Boston, and operated Ceil’s Beauty Salon at her residence in Johnson for over 40 years prior to her retirement in the 1980s. In addition to operating her own business, she was active in St. John the Apostle Church in Johnson, and served the church in various capacities, including being president of the Catholic Women’s Club. She is survived by a daughter, Marie Hope Miller, of Summerville, SC, and a son, Albert Russell (Duffy) Miller, of East Montpelier. She has two grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. KENNETH E. PERKINS, 89, of Windover Residential Care Home, passed away on Dec. 22, 2017. Born Aug. 7, 1928, he was the son of Ralph W. and Myrtle (Austin) Perkins. He attended school in East Brookfield. Following school, he was employed as a farmhand on the Wallace Austin and Beatrice Martin farm. He attended the East Brookfield Congregational Church in his younger years. In 2000, he went to live at Windover House in Randolph. He lived there for the last 17 years and was very happy and content. Survivors include his sisters, Eugenia Greco, of Hamden, CT, Aileen Peake and her husband, Jim, of Northfield; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. VIVIAN “ANNA” REED, 91, died on Jan. 12, 2018, at the Barre Gardens Nursing Home in Barre, VT. She is survived by her son, William George Woodruff, of Jamesburg, NJ, and a grandson, William Woodruff, of Laurence Harbor, NJ. A graveside service will be held later this spring in the Highland Cemetery in Chelsea, VT. VERNIECE ELLEN ROYCE, 94, of Stowe, VT, surrounded by her loving family, died on Jan. 11, 2018. Born in Detroit, MI, on Feb. 22, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Frederick S. and Eva (Hutchinson) LaPan. She married Henry Simon Royce on Oct. 1, 1939, in Graniteville. Verniece moved to VT at the age of 13. When she was 16 years old, she married Henry and followed him to ME. During World War II, she worked as a welder. She moved to Groton, CT, in 1952, where she was happy and busy raising her seven children. From 1968 to 1975, Vernice and her husband opened Royce Travel Trailers. In 1981, she and Henry retired back to VT, built a home and toured the country in their RV. Verniece was very active in the New London (Connecticut) Motorcycle Club and in later years, the Green Mountain Roamers Snowmobile Club. Verniece is loved and mourned by her children, Alice Pelletier, of Groton, CT, Lyle and Lynda Royce, of Myrtle Beach, SC, Terry and Brenda Royce, of Sebastian, FL, Lindsey and Morgan Royce, of Morrisville, VT, and Paul and Theresa Royce, of Swanton, VT; and a daughter-in-law, Rita Royce, of Stowe, VT. She has 19 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Verniece has four sisters, Gloria Allen, Darlene Leaor, Eva Parks and Shirley Morrison; one brother, Jack LaPan. MARILYN JOYCE WALBRIDGE SMITH, 63, of Longwood, FL, formerly of Cabot, passed away suddenly Nov. 2, 2017, after a brief illness. Born Sept. 17, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Lenna (Carr) Walbridge. She graduated from Cabot High School in 1972. She worked for several years at Cabot Creamery, as well as staying with local elderly people in Cabot. She was truly a caregiver throughout her life. She worked in several nursing homes in VT, as well as in FL. Though she was one to never brag or boast, she had a beautiful singing voice and was very talented in drawing flowers. She is survived by her partnerin-life, Neal Franklin and his family, from Longwood, FL; her siblings Lester (Carol), Dale (Lynn), Wendell (Lesa), Joann (John); nieces Rachel, Evelyn, Lindsay, Violet; nephews Michael, Philip, Ryan, Wendell Jr.; several great-nieces and -nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends in VT and FL. LUCIENNE “LUCY ANNE” TREMBLAY, 88, of Graniteville, passed away on Jan. 12, 2018, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born on March 30, 1929, in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Leonie (Ducharme) Arnold. In her early years, she attended grade school until she was needed at home to help her mother. On Sept. 25, 1948, she married the late Louis Joseph Tremblay in Coaticook, Quebec. They moved to Graniteville in 1954, where they raised their family. She loved going to Soup ‘N’ Greens to have her Irish coffee. She also enjoyed going to the Knights of Columbus with her children and husband, for their famous spaghetti dinners. Gardening, cooking and sewing for her family, when they were young, were always a joy to her. While she was raising her children, she enrolled in a self-teaching program to learn English. She is survived by her children, Micheline “Nickie” Audet and her husband, Raymond, of East Barre; Ginette Gosselin, of Naples, FL; Jacques Tremblay and his partner, Richard McGovern, of South Royalton; Joanne Roberts and her husband, Kelly, of Barre; Lisa Duff and her husband, Brent, of Barre; daughters-in-law Sandra Tremblay and Cathy Tremblay; her brother, Lucien Arnold, of Canada; sisters Marie B. Arnold, of Canada, Helen Metivier and her husband, Michele, of Canada; as well as 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. BOB WILLARD, 89, longtime central Vermont resident, passed away on Jan. 6, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, FL. A graveside service to celebrate and honor Bob’s life will be held in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the summer at the convenience of the family. KARL E. WINCHESTER, age 60, of Barre, VT, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Grantham, NH, on Jan. 11, 2018. His desire was that there be no funeral services, but donations may be made in his memory to the Upper Valley Haven. Old Man Winter Brrr. Over half the country is being brutalized by cold weather, and unfortunately it looks like it’s going to be long-term. Spring will come eventually, but meanwhile we need to take care of ourselves, our homes and our pets. OURSELVES * If you have to go out in the cold, dress in layers. Don’t forget hat, gloves and thick scarf. * Know in advance where the closest warming shelters are in your town. Keep a radio handy, plus batteries, for weather news. Carry a tiny flashlight in your pocket at all times, in case the power goes out. • • • * Don’t forget to eat! Drink plenty of water. OUR HOMES * Sprinkle road salt, sand or even kitty litter on your sidewalks and stairs. * Keep your cellphone charged up. * Close blinds and curtains against drafts. Be sure the temperature inside is at least 68 F, because we seniors don’t feel the cold like we used to. If you run a space heater, don’t leave it unattended. If you leave the room, turn it off. * Even if you live in an apartment building, beware any sink, tub or shower that is on an outside wall. Try to keep the faucets open so a small trickle keeps the water moving. * If the worst happens and your pipes freeze, never try to thaw them out with any gadget that involves a flame. It’s time to call in reinforcements, like your plumber. OUR PETS * If you walk a dog, put a doggie sweater on it and get back in the house quickly. If you have a cat, keep it inside. Don’t let a pet stay outside, even if it has shelter. For more information, go online to fema. gov or call your local senior center for tips and help ... and think warm thoughts. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Healthcare Leader Jim Alvarez Joins CVMC as Vice President of Support Services James “Jim” Alvarez, MSM, LSSBB has joined Central Vermont Medical Center as Vice President of Support Services. He started in the role Jan. 8. As Vice President of Support Services, Alvarez provides executive leadership to those teams maintaining the hospital’s physical structures, as well as to those providing many of the non-clinical services within it. These areas include Central Sterile Reprocessing, Environmental Services, Materials Management, Nutrition Food Services, Plant Facilities, Property/Project Management, Support Services and Security. Alvarez brings more than 30 years of health care leadership experience and comes to CVMC from Iowa’s Trinity Muscatine hospital, a partner in the UnityPoint Health system. As Trinity’s Vice President of Support Services, he developed the hospital’s master facility plan, refined its Lean Business Management System, and provided executive leadership to non-clinical teams including facilities, Joint Commission readiness, revenue cycle, health information management, environmental services and process improvement. He led Trinity’s development of a three-year strategic plan, which included championing employee engagement goals and implementing a zero-wait emergency department. Prior to this role, Alvarez served as Executive Director of Support Services for Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Wash., a 297-bed acute care and 97-bed orthopedic and women’s services hospital with 22 provider clinics. In this role Jim had accountability for nutrition services, security, facilities, biomed, construction, master’s facilities and strategic planning, process improvement and patient advocacy. He successfully led the hospital’s 10-year master service area plan, managed a capital budget of $20 million annually, and led patient satisfaction improvement efforts that resulted in the organization’s best-ever Press Ganey ranking. Alvarez received his Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Thomas Edison University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. “We are pleased to have Jim join Central Vermont Medical Center’s leadership team,” said Anna Noonan, President and Chief Operating Officer. • • • Gifford Brings Vermont MedDrop Kiosk to Community Unused drugs or over-the-counter medications left in the home can find their way into the hands of children or potential addicts, and in-home disposal methods like flushing down the drain or throwing in the trash can contaminate waterways. Gifford Medical Center has installed a collection kiosk in their main lobby where people can safely dispose of unused or expired medications. “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events held in April and October have been very successful in our community and we wanted to provide additional opportunities for people to safely drop off unused drugs,” said Gifford Community Relations Coordinator Bethany Silloway. “We worked with Regional Prevention Partners and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (who is helping with disposal), and received funding from the Vermont Department of Health to bring the kiosk into our main lobby, offering people a safe and accessible collection box 24-hours a day.” Unused medications that are collected include: • Over-the-counter medications • Prescription medications, patches, or ointments • Vitamins • Medication for pets • Medications in liquid form (if tightly capped) Silloway stressed that Gifford staff and volunteers cannot be involved in the collection process—individuals must bring medications in a bottle or sealed plastic bag (no loose pills) and place them directly into the MedDrop kiosk. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S, and drug overdose has become the leading cause of injury deaths. Safely disposing of unwanted and expired medications is one way we can all help reduce the public health and environmental damage unwanted drugs can bring to our community. What to Do if You Get the Flu Flu is widespread across the state, and health officials want to make sure Vermonters know what steps to take to prevent becoming ill, and when to seek treatment. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said that flu is on the rise in Vermont, and because the vaccine is less effective against the predominant strain of virus that’s circulating, it’s important that people know what to do if they get sick. “The H3N2 flu strain is what we are mainly seeing in Vermont and around the country,” said Dr. Levine. “This version of the flu can result in more severe illness, with more severe consequences for some people, though even regular flu can be pretty unpleasant.” It is not too late to get your flu shot, and this is especially important if you are someone at high risk of complications from the flu. People at high risk include: pregnant women, young children, adults 50 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma and diabetes. “Some protection is better than zero protection,” said Dr. Levine. “While the vaccine is less effective against H3N2, it works well against other flu strains that are circulating. Getting vaccinated will also help those who have more trouble handling the flu if they were to get it, especially babies too young to be vaccinated and those who have weakened • • • immune systems.” Flu can hit older adults particularly hard. Vermonters age 65+ are encouraged to contact their health care provider to discuss getting vaccines that are designed to give older people a stronger immune response. Dr. Levine recommends that older Vermonters contact their doctor as soon as they suspect they may have the flu. “If you start having flu symptoms, talk to your doctor about antiviral treatment right away. Antiviral drugs are most effective within the first 48 hours of the onset of illness.” Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The Health Department is recommending that Vermonters take steps to prevent flu and to know what to do if they become ill: •Get vaccinated. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. •Keep germs from spreading: Wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you’re sick. • If you are at high risk of complications from flu, call you doctor as soon as you become ill. Find more information about flu prevention and treatment: January 24, 2018 The WORLD page 11

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