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A Vet’s View: Warning - Heath will talk about dog dentistry!

Our local veterinarian Heath McNutt, whose blog, ‘Vet’s View’, has built up a veritable reference guide on pet health over the years,

Warning: Heath has been to more dental continuing education!

This will be my 12th blog about dentistry in veterinary medicine. Caution: run on sentence ahead. There is so much that I want to illustrate for you and teach you about what goes on in your pet’s mouth and what you and I can do about it together that I could and just might spend the rest of my life writing and talking about it. What I am going to do today is break down the top 7 reasons people aren’t aware of how big a deal this really is. I will try to provide external third party links where applicable.

1. Veterinary schools do little or often nothing to prepare veterinarians for dentistry. Today during a lecture a board certified veterinary dentist stood in front of a group of veterinarians, technicians and practice managers and said, “When I graduated veterinary school my dentistry education can be summed up in one sentence. Dogs and cats have teeth.” Not a lot has changed since then, this means that the majority of veterinarians out there don’t know how to recognize and treat many dental problems. Unless your vet has had extensive training in dentistry after graduation they might be missing the early more easily treated stages of periodontal disease.

For the full post, visit Heath at his blog here.
Heath McNutt is a veterinarian at Riverside Veterinary Care in Rutland and Ludlow, Vermont.

Haunted tour packages on offer from Vermont

MONTPELIER — Tourists can explore Vermont this fall with a few ghostly adventures.
The Vermont Department of Tourism has launched Haunted Highways, a vacation package focused on ghost stories and lodging.
The department says tourist can travel from the “Bennington Triangle” in the southwestern part of the state where a number of hikers mysteriously disappeared between 1920 and 1950 to Lake Memphremagog on the northern border where the ghost of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne has been spotted walking across the top of the lake.
Officials say there are many mysterious places in between.
Online: Haunted Highways:

The other Barre cemetery

Mowing at the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre

Stefan Hard / Staff Photo
Ray Spaulding mows the grass Tuesday for the city of Barre at Elmwood Cemetery. He said it takes a two-person crew about a week to mow the expansive Elmwood Cemetery, less famous than nearby Hope Cemetery but still with many superb examples of hand-carved granite memorials.

Community Day at Long Trail School is Sept. 29

DORSET — The Long Trail School is hosting a community day, which will include autumn events and soccer matches, at the school’s campus on Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eight local middle schools will be playing in the Fall Classic Soccer Jamboree and the school campus will host a farmers market, artisan displays such as weavers and potters, food booths and plenty of kids activities.
The Long Trail Parents Association will provide food, including gourmet coffee and other beverages, breakfast treats, lunch offerings and sweet, homemade snacks.
School officials are hoping that local residents will come out whether they are soccer parents, area students, lovers of autumn foliage or just Northshire residents who want to visit the Long Trail School. For more information, contact Courtney Callo by email at [email protected] or by phone at 867-5717, ext. 141.

US judge inducts 25 new citizens at museum

SHELBURNE — Twenty-five people have become U.S. citizens during a ceremony on the steamship Ticonderoga at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.
U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions presided over the Monday afternoon ceremony.
The Vermont ceremony is one of 158 such ceremonies across the country this week that will welcome more than 32,000 new U.S. citizens in recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated on Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

Last hay goes in the barn

Radley and Roger Billings load hay into the barn at the family farm.

Albert J. Marro photo
Radley Billings, left, and Roger Billings load hay into the barn at the family farm on Creek Road in Rutland Town Saturday. The brothers were happy to get the job over because it was going to be the last time haying this season.

Two and a half months later.

Heath McNutt, a veterinarian at Riverside Veterinary Care in Rutland and Ludlow writes the blog, “Vet’s View.” McNutt’s blog has been on hiatus for much of the summer.

Two and a half months later. I’m back! Sort of.

With two young daughters, a new house and an ever growing practice I am finding I have less and less time for life’s other pleasures.

I will be posting more regularly than I have lately but more sporadically than I used to. I will not be sticking to a schedule as much either.

The best way to catch blogs as I post them and to keep up with me in general is to follow me on Facebook.

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Growing Local festival a success Saturday

Mark Collier / Staff Photo

Galen Kuehnl, age 7 of Plainfield, samples the fruits of his labor with a little help form mom Anna Barasch. Never missing a beat, Kuehnl continues to pedal while quickly devouring a piece of bread laden with the pesto being blended in the blender attached to the stationary bike being ridden by Kuehnl. Kuehnl and his mom were among a small crowd that turned out for the fourth annual Growing Local festival held by Food Works at Two Rivers Center.


Peace Corps director to visit Vermont

BURLINGTON — The head of the Peace Corps is planning a visit to Vermont this week.
Aaron Williams is to join Sen. Patrick Leahy for an event Thursday at the University of Vermont highlighting the contributions of Peace Corps volunteers from Vermont.
One of those attending will be UVM doctoral student Charles Kerchner of Burlington, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2001-2003.
Kerchner imports organic cacao from the Dominican Republic to make his own brand of chocolates. The business partnership helps the cacao farmers to improve earnings while conserving land in the rainforest canopy to protect migratory songbirds.
John William Meyer of Shelburne, a 2010 Middlebury College graduate who recently completed his Peace Corps service in Peru, will also attend.

Owner of lost camera found

A camera lost in a creek in New York’s Adirondacks for three years is being returned thanks to clever detective work by a Vermont man who studied pictures on its memory card.
John Noerr of Poultney found the camera in July. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reported that the camera’s memory card had 581 photos Noerr was able to study.
Many of the photos looked like they were taken in New York City. One showed a woman sitting in front of a house numbered 327. Another showed a street sign reading 3rd Street.
Noerr used Google to find the Brooklyn neighborhood, tax records to find the building’s owner and social media to contact the family.
The camera’s owner, Michael Comeau, says he can’t wait to get it back.