Beavers living near U.S. 2 between Milton and South Hero need a traffic cop, Mandy Hotchkiss decided.
There’s probably hundreds of beavers living in the wetlands along the flooded shores of Lake Champlain, just east of the causeway, she and a state wildlife expert said.
Some of the creatures are getting hit by cars as they cross the highway. “We’ve had as many two dozen hit in the past two and a half weeks,” Hotchkiss said.
The beaver deaths bother her. A lot.
So on Friday morning there was Hotchkiss, owner of the Blue Paddle Bistro in South Hero, holding a sign reading “Caution, Beavers Crossing” Her business partner, Phoebe Bright, was decked out in a beaver costume and waved with a sign that read “Honk 4 Beaver!” Many motorists obliged.
The owner-operator of Hamilton’s Mill St Pak ‘n Save is hoping the Anzac and Easter spirit will get the better of shoppers who helped themselves to groceries on Friday.
The supermarket was to open at 1pm today after a weekend of publicity about a computer glitch which saw the doors to the supermarket unlock and lights turn on at 8am on Good Friday.
"We have already heard from some people just wanting to confirm that they had been in to the store and paid through the self-service terminals," store owner Glenn Miller said this morning.
"It certainly isn’t as bad as we first thought and you can tell by the way the people are acting that they are just going about their normal routine buying groceries – nobody came in and just went for it," he said.
Last September, 6-year-old Aghelos Kouvaras was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after a tumor was discovered in his abdomen. For the better part of a year as the first-grader from Long Island, New York underwent treatment to battle the disease, he kept his spirits high by reading about animals — and one species fascinated him most of all: endangered penguins. Now, after successfully beating cancer, Aghelos is lending his fighting-spirit to save the birds that brought him hope in his darkest hours.
According to a report from NBC New York, as young Aghelos was undergoing chemotherapy treatment to fight his cancer, he spent his days reading about the plight of endangered penguins. In overcoming one of the most difficult challenges a person can face, the 6-year-old cancer survivor gained an appreciation for life few grown-up ever really achieve.
"In the hospital, I asked Aggie if he had a wish; if there was anything he wanted," says Aghelos’ mother, Elizabeth Kouvaras. "He didn’t want an X-box or a Playstation. He said he wanted to save penguins. ‘What are we going to do without animals?’ he asked. If they die, we will all die."
SU2C:Where are you right now and what are you doing?
Donal: I’m at the City of Hope donor center. They have me in this IV setup, where my blood is going through tubes and into a centrifuge to spin it and extract white blood cell/stem cells, and then the blood is put back into my body.
SU2C: How did you end up here?
Donal: I play for Hollywood United Football Club. My teammates, Brian Dunseth and Gilles Marini, played in Mia Hamm’s Celebrity Soccer Challenge to promote awareness for bone marrow donation through Be The Match, a foundation that matches donors with patients for lifesaving transplants. Mia asked the team to volunteer to swab their cheeks and join the donor database. I wasn’t even at the game that day, but after talking to Brian I wanted to get involved. In addition to Mia’s brother who lost his life to Leukemia, Brian’s friend Andy William’s wife Marcia had Leukemia. I wanted to participate, so I went to bethematch.org and had them mail a collection kit to my house.
About eight months later I got the call: I was a 10 out of 10 match for a patient who needed a bone marrow transplant. I remember I was shooting on the set of House when I got the call that I really, really matched a patient in need.
They told me that I had to have a physical immediately. Since the receiver was terminal, they would have to undergo a final round of chemo that destroys all of their own cells first. After that, if they don’t get infused with the new blood, they will definitely die. Wherever this guy is, he is in his last stage of chemo waiting for my blood to arrive.
As the successful coach at a small Division 3 school, Joyner was spending a lot of time in close quarters with his team. Traveling to matches in small vans, he spent hours with them on the road. During an annual two-week team trip to California, with the entire team packed into a two-bedroom house, the setting is intimate. Joyner didn’t feel comfortable keeping the secret from these men he was so close to.
“And I ultimately got really dissatisfied,” Joyner said. “My team was good and that was great, but I basically had to lie by omission. My friends in Portland knew I’m gay, but I was closeted again. I had to have a second coming out professionally.”
During the team meeting in which Joyner came out, like virtually every other coming-out story we have heard in the last decade, his fears were immediately put to rest. It’s never been an issue with his team, and he’s never had a single negative incident with his team because he’s openly gay.
AMMON, Idaho — Are you missing a goat? Perhaps one that likes the piano?
A mother and child had a goat follow them into the Piano Gallery Store in Ammon on Monday.
A store clerk used an extension cord as a leash and kept it until Animal Control could pick it up.The goat, now named Beethoven for his obvious love of music, is hanging out at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter.”I walked in and said ‘holy cow’ and there was this little goat and he was just adorable,” employee Lorrie Bridges said. “I was trying to explain which restroom it was in and all of a sudden there was a ‘meeh! meeh!’ and I said that’s the one.”
The store said it has been a fun story to tell customers all day.
If Beethoven is not reclaimed, he will not go up for adoption. He is already reserved by someone.