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. ';gH;I IO Number 40 Serwng Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont falls running Service (CVPS) Corp., will take structure, and laying once abandoned cost approximately $2,500,000. down a section (50-feet) of the dam have, According to CVPS six-feet in diameter penstock of weeks, documents, financing will pipe that will carry the water ttle the come from "the issuance of flow to the powerhouse." their task to federal and state tax exempt Bancroft Contracting Inc., of I of a two part industrial bonds by the Ver- S. Paris, Me. is the project's the 80 year old mont Industrial Development contractor. Authority(VIDA)." Sharpe told the Journal l Phase I Opinion that 20 workers from uilding According to resident Bradford and the surrounding dam and power engineer James Sharpe, phase area are currently working on below the falls I of the project includes the dam and said the number 5 bridge. The "building two taintor gates, may soon increase to 30 out by refacing the existing dam with workers. Sharpe said the October 7, 1981 S is reviving the Bradford dam Teachers, staff will negotiate lookers Central Vermont Public concrete, building a new in- X WAITS RIVER BATTLING THE ELEMENTS--Heavy rains, as shown in this photograph, can swell the Waits River into an uncooperative partner to build dams with. "turnover rate has been to the alternatives CVPS had choice for constructing means pretty high," due to the natur to rebuilding the dam. of producing energy in the of the work and at least partly McLeod said, "Five cases Upper Connecticut Valley to the weather over the past were examined (by CVPS): Region. Besides the Bradford few weeks. (1) redevelop Bradford; (2) hydro renovation project, During the week of Sept. 20, purchase power from Ontario restoration of the Boultonville four and one-half inches of until 1990 and then participate dam on the Wells River dam is rain fell causing the swelling in a 1990 coal fired plant; (3) being planned by an in- Waits Riv.er to thrash against purchase power from a gas dependent company, and the crew's steel reinforced turbine in New England until CVPS presented a proposal on wooden barricades with such 1990 . . .' (4) install a gas Sept. 21 to selectmen in Barnet force that the wall could be system on CV's system in for a new dam to be built on .for contracts with Oxbow BRADFORD--The Oxbow Union No. 30 School Board met Thursday, Oct. 1 to discuss teacher and staff contract negotiations and the upcoming trial between the school and GAF Corp. over the lawsuit concerning the leaking roof at Oxbow. This part of the meeting was held in executive. session. The contracts currently being discussed by the board are the renewal of a three- year master contract with the Teachers' Association and a first-time master contract for the staff at the school. Teacher Association President Irene Croteau, told the Journal Opinion that the staff at Oxbow have never had a master contract with the school. The teacher's contract is due to run out at the end of the school year. Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent John Fontana said the board, while in executive session, decided to hire g consultant in labor negotiations, Junius Calitui, to meet with representatives from the Oxbow Teachers' Association and the staff. Fontana said Calitui will set the two groups and will overcharged for the bus negotiate the contracts service and Bradford was representing the school board, undercharged. Fontana declined to tom- Hot Lunch Program ment on the GAF trial and It was also reported at the said, "We are pretty much meeting that Oxbow school hot just waiting to see what lunch prices will be raised to happens." offset federal lunch program The trial was moved to cuts. Fontana declined to Washington County after speculate on how much the attorneys for GAF petitioned increase would be but did say in Orange County Court for a the current program" is in change of venue on Sept. 10. A better shape than it has been date for trial proceedings to in five years" resulting from a start at Washington County $2000 surplus left over from Court in Montpelier has been last year's hot lunch program. set for Jan. 4. The government has Bus Routes significantly cut the amount Fontana xeported at the the school will be reimbursed meeting that the Bradford for lunches provided to low- school board had added income children, according to "approxima, tely I0 miles or Fontana. so" to their bus routes following a similar move by the Newbury school board. Fontana also reported there Haverhill had been a $4,000 mix-up in billing for bus service per- formed by Rogers Tran-mee':--tmg sportation Inc. which is contracted by the three area to tr.o- routin e sportation. Fontana said he did not have "the exact figures" but that "apparently HAVERHILL--The Haverhill the billing got switched seleetmen met at their regular PENSTOCK htstallin PROJECT--Workers this fall will be refacing the dam gates, and laying down a section of the penstock pipe A'ork on the powerhouse will begin next spring. seen shaking back and forth 1986; and (5) participate as a under the pressure. The joint owner in a 1984 nuclear barricades held through the power plant." The Bradford rain and Sharpe said, "the Planning Commission okayed only damage was that some of the CVPS proposal early this the area (previously dredged year. by cranes) got filled in, but the Since the 1979 hearings, contractors were prepared for hydro has become a popular it." Sharpe added, "By hiring a few more men, we can make up for any time lost by the rains." Phase I is due to be com- pleted this fall. Phase II Phase II of the project will begin in Ble spring oI 1982. This will include building the new powerhouse and com- pleting the installation of the penstock pipe which brings the waterflow from the dam to the turbines in the powerhouse building. The hydro generating system will have a "planned generating capacity of 930 to 1400 kilowatts . and a planned average " annual product production at the plant will be between 4,800,000 and 7,200,000 kilowatt hours" according to CVPS. ECTION A'"A SCALE I"= 20' CUT-AWAY VIEW-- This The Alternatives drawing shows the new In hearings held by CVPS to present its proposal to the concrete surface that will town of Bradford before be built against the wall of construction began, Darrow the dam. The river flows McLeod, CVPS General Manager of Engineering and over the dam from left to Power Operations, testified as right. (Pleaseturntopagea) up dates for negotiations with around so that Newbury was Sewer work moves back to 8haeffer area WELLS RIVER--According the west end of Water Street will take about two weeks. A to Tom Key, resident engineer and work towards Main slight change in the planned for the Wells River sewage Street. Key expects that location of the line as shown project, the laying of sewer segment of the construction, (PleaseturntopageS) pipeline on Shaeffer Hill will meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 resume this week. Due to the slow progress of the ledge .... L .L_ remov:a.l cre,, in tha t area:the -| IlAti I [Dl:t: ,[or tftt sewerlme crew moveo DOCK llr7 i1 n, Main Street fora few days - ''' ''' ' ::g*' working South from Maple WELLS RiVER--Workers for workmen uncovered an old Street. It is expected that the .Ralph B. Goodrich Con- casket filled with bones while construction will take about strucfion ompany got a working in an area that police two weeks more on Shaeffer surprise last week while in- say was once a cemetery in Hill stalling sewer pipes for the the early 1900 s. The other crew is still new sewage system that is The bones were sent to officer for the Town of .... ........ t,,,, ..-- t,.h, West bank of expected to connect to the new Burlington to be examined" b.y the Wells River behind the Woodsville Sewage Treatment the chief medical examiner, Post Office They have en- Plant in the fall of 1982. police said On Wednesday, Sept. 30, countered difficulties with river water seeping into the excavation. However, progress is now being made towards Main Street across the Joek Oil Company parking lot. On completion of that leg of the project, it is planned for that crew to move to West Water Street before the end of the week of Oct. 5th according to Key. The work will start at at the Academy Building BRADFORD--When area Europe, mostly in Spain. The residents think of the Brad- period between Europe and ford Academy Building in the Bradford was spent painting village of Bradford, most and illustrating in Westport, think of the building as the Conn. with many summers in location of town and village Vermont. offices, as "the place where Dodson sees himself as town meetings are held," or a place for clubs and organizations to meet. Few know that on the third floor, high above the murmurs of town business, is the art studio of two gifted and successful artists. fortunate to have been able to combine what he likes to do best and what he is best at ",- doing, into a successful career. "I read somewhere once," said Dodson, "that for every 20,000 artis*s in this country, only 250 of them are Bert and Bonnie Dodson, doing art as their sole Bert an illustrator and profession. I think that figure painter; Bonnie combining is probably fairly accurate." her art and sewing skills into According to Dodson, "fabric pictures", came to drawing is an acquired skill Bradford in 1977. They have and "anyone can learn to had their third floor studio in the Bradford Academy Building since one year ago this month. Bert Dodson is professionally an illustrator for various children's books, magazines, and other publications. He has He is presently writing a illustrated over 20 children's book called "Keys to books in all, and his artwork Drawing" for North Light has also been seen on the Publishing Company of covers of numerous books. He admits however, that his artistic interests lie more with painting4 Dodson, 42, got his start developing art courses for young people for a famous art correspondence course in 1964. From there he went on to draw," but he does not feel everyone is able to become an :/.. artist. "The secret," he says, "is to involve yourself in- tensely in what you are looking at so you are only  translating what you see." \\; Classes to begin . Westport, Conn., and will be teaching classes in drawing to "'help gather information for the book." Dodson says the classes will run for eight weeks on Wednesday nights olo ginning on Nov. 4 and that er courses in oil painting and watercolors may follow. teach art seminars at "The course and the book are Silvermine College in Norwalk about the idea that drawing is Conn. In 1970 he decided to a learnable skill. The book will devote his time to his own be directed towards what artwork and spent a year elements are in observation at traveling and painting in {l'h,a'e Illrn IopageS) FABRIC PICTURES--Shown here is an unfinished "fabric picture" by Bonnie Dodson. Bonnie currently has finished "fabric pictures" showing in various galleries. Artists Bert and Bonnie floor Bradford Academy Dodson is a professional Burlington hearing aid company has misled Bradford elderly c00uple BRADFORD--Attorney need a hearing aid for both General John J. Easton's ears. Consumer Protection Division The Zieglers were also has settled a consumer fraud suit against a Burlington hearing aid company. Twenty-first Century Products, Inc., which does business throughout the state as Hearing Aid Service of Vermont, agreed to the set- tlement on the day the trial of the case was to begin. The Consumer Protection Division filed the lawsuit against the company and its owners, Philip C. Ziegler and his son Philip Gregory Ziegler after receiving complaints about the company from an elderly Bradford couple. Easton's office had charged that "the Ziegler had ap- proached Charles and Mable Haskins at their home and used scare tactics to sell them hearing aids." Ziegler allegedly told the couple that if they did not purchase the hearing aids, he was selling they would become com- pletely deaf and that the hearing aids could prevent their hearing from getting worse. Ziegler also allegedly told them that their alter- native to buying the hearing aids was to undergo surgical operations. The suit charged that neither of Ziegler's threats were accurate. The State also charged that Ziegler "knowingly mislead the elderly couple into believing that they both needed two hearing aids when he knew that was not the case." In fact, Easton said, Mr. Haskins was totally deaf in one ,ear and the hearing aid he bought for that ear was useless. He already had a hearing aid for his other ear and had been functioning well with it for eleven years prior to Zieglers examination. The emerxy woman, Easton said, did not charged with "violating a state law which prohibits the sale of hearing aids to con- to discuss routine matters. Among the business discussed at the meeting was a. request from town road agent Roland McKean for up to $800 in repairs needed for the bucket on the town's loader. The equipment budget for the town s highway * department has already been spent but the selectmen, with some indecision on the part of selectman Sue }]olden, decided to ask the company making the repairs to hold the bill until next ,ear. The repairs wili then be paid out of nt years equipment and repairs budget. The selectmen signed an appointment form at the meeting, installing John Fullerton Jr. as the new dog Haverhill. The selectmen also signed a petition-form from New England Telephone Company requesting permission to install three telephone poles on Chapel St. in Woodsville. It was announced at the meeting that the town will purchase two signs warning motorists of a sharp curve on Lummoxville Road. Corinth board okays treasurer's report, updates insurance CORINTHThe Corinth sumers without a written Union District No. 36 School statement from a physician Board met on Sept. 10 to indicating that the physician review the treasurer's report has examined the patient and and to cover routine business. prescribed a hearing aid." The board voted to approve The suit said that neither of the treasurer's report dated the consumers had seen a August 31, 1981. The.report physician. Easton said that showed a balance of $14,338.09. the purpose of the law was to The board also approyed the protect elderly people whoare payment of orders totaling : susceptible to pressure from $9375.13 at the meeting. unscrupulous hearing aid In other business the board dealers to buy hearing aids approved a change in the they do not need and that school's property insurance Hearing Aid Service of Ver- from $100 deductible to $1000 mont had attempted to cir- deductible. The property cumventthatlaw, value on the property was Hearing Aid raised to $700,000. The board Regulation also approved the insurance While the suit was pending, for the content of the school to however, the U.S. Food and be raised to $150,000 Drug Administration passed a "providing the premium does hearing aid regulation which not exceed the budgeted allows patients to purchase .amount." hearing aids without Other actions taken by the physician's examinations. The board at the meeting were: F.D.A. rule has preempted the -- The board signed a Vermont law and now Ver- rubbish removalcontract. monters may obtain hearing --- The board signed an aids without a physician's extension of their one-year prescription. Easton said such transportation contract. an examination is recom- -- The board was informed mended, that $1oo will have to be Ziegler was also charged by overspent on the purchase of the state with "attempting to text books due to student convince the consumers not to enrollment changes at the seek the services of a physician or audiologist by claiming that such services are unnecessary and a waste of time." The Zieglers were also charged with "mis- representing the sale price of the hearing aids." According to Easton, the consumers were told that the regular price of the hearing aids was $569 each, which is the price they paid minus a credit for trade-ins and for (please turn to page 8) school. The board accepted p. Sahlman's resignation as the school's librarian. Lvme Library's LYME--Exeeutive Councilor Ray Burton and state Sen, Ralph Hough of Lebanon were among those present at ground breaking ceremonies for the new library addition . ';gH;I IO Number 40 Serwng Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont falls running Service (CVPS) Corp., will take structure, and laying once abandoned cost approximately $2,500,000. down a section (50-feet) of the dam have, According to CVPS six-feet in diameter penstock of weeks, documents, financing will pipe that will carry the water ttle the come from "the issuance of flow to the powerhouse." their task to federal and state tax exempt Bancroft Contracting Inc., of I of a two part industrial bonds by the Ver- S. Paris, Me. is the project's the 80 year old mont Industrial Development contractor. Authority(VIDA)." Sharpe told the Journal l Phase I Opinion that 20 workers from uilding According to resident Bradford and the surrounding dam and power engineer James Sharpe, phase area are currently working on below the falls I of the project includes the dam and said the number 5 bridge. The "building two taintor gates, may soon increase to 30 out by refacing the existing dam with workers. Sharpe said the October 7, 1981 S is reviving the Bradford dam Teachers, staff will negotiate lookers Central Vermont Public concrete, building a new in- X WAITS RIVER BATTLING THE ELEMENTS--Heavy rains, as shown in this photograph, can swell the Waits River into an uncooperative partner to build dams with. "turnover rate has been to the alternatives CVPS had choice for constructing means pretty high," due to the natur to rebuilding the dam. of producing energy in the of the work and at least partly McLeod said, "Five cases Upper Connecticut Valley to the weather over the past were examined (by CVPS): Region. Besides the Bradford few weeks. (1) redevelop Bradford; (2) hydro renovation project, During the week of Sept. 20, purchase power from Ontario restoration of the Boultonville four and one-half inches of until 1990 and then participate dam on the Wells River dam is rain fell causing the swelling in a 1990 coal fired plant; (3) being planned by an in- Waits Riv.er to thrash against purchase power from a gas dependent company, and the crew's steel reinforced turbine in New England until CVPS presented a proposal on wooden barricades with such 1990 . . .' (4) install a gas Sept. 21 to selectmen in Barnet force that the wall could be system on CV's system in for a new dam to be built on .for contracts with Oxbow BRADFORD--The Oxbow Union No. 30 School Board met Thursday, Oct. 1 to discuss teacher and staff contract negotiations and the upcoming trial between the school and GAF Corp. over the lawsuit concerning the leaking roof at Oxbow. This part of the meeting was held in executive. session. The contracts currently being discussed by the board are the renewal of a three- year master contract with the Teachers' Association and a first-time master contract for the staff at the school. Teacher Association President Irene Croteau, told the Journal Opinion that the staff at Oxbow have never had a master contract with the school. The teacher's contract is due to run out at the end of the school year. Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent John Fontana said the board, while in executive session, decided to hire g consultant in labor negotiations, Junius Calitui, to meet with representatives from the Oxbow Teachers' Association and the staff. Fontana said Calitui will set the two groups and will overcharged for the bus negotiate the contracts service and Bradford was representing the school board, undercharged. Fontana declined to tom- Hot Lunch Program ment on the GAF trial and It was also reported at the said, "We are pretty much meeting that Oxbow school hot just waiting to see what lunch prices will be raised to happens." offset federal lunch program The trial was moved to cuts. Fontana declined to Washington County after speculate on how much the attorneys for GAF petitioned increase would be but did say in Orange County Court for a the current program" is in change of venue on Sept. 10. A better shape than it has been date for trial proceedings to in five years" resulting from a start at Washington County $2000 surplus left over from Court in Montpelier has been last year's hot lunch program. set for Jan. 4. The government has Bus Routes significantly cut the amount Fontana xeported at the the school will be reimbursed meeting that the Bradford for lunches provided to low- school board had added income children, according to "approxima, tely I0 miles or Fontana. so" to their bus routes following a similar move by the Newbury school board. Fontana also reported there Haverhill had been a $4,000 mix-up in billing for bus service per- formed by Rogers Tran-mee':--tmg sportation Inc. which is contracted by the three area to tr.o- routin e sportation. Fontana said he did not have "the exact figures" but that "apparently HAVERHILL--The Haverhill the billing got switched seleetmen met at their regular PENSTOCK htstallin PROJECT--Workers this fall will be refacing the dam gates, and laying down a section of the penstock pipe A'ork on the powerhouse will begin next spring. seen shaking back and forth 1986; and (5) participate as a under the pressure. The joint owner in a 1984 nuclear barricades held through the power plant." The Bradford rain and Sharpe said, "the Planning Commission okayed only damage was that some of the CVPS proposal early this the area (previously dredged year. by cranes) got filled in, but the Since the 1979 hearings, contractors were prepared for hydro has become a popular it." Sharpe added, "By hiring a few more men, we can make up for any time lost by the rains." Phase I is due to be com- pleted this fall. Phase II Phase II of the project will begin in Ble spring oI 1982. This will include building the new powerhouse and com- pleting the installation of the penstock pipe which brings the waterflow from the dam to the turbines in the powerhouse building. The hydro generating system will have a "planned generating capacity of 930 to 1400 kilowatts . and a planned average " annual product production at the plant will be between 4,800,000 and 7,200,000 kilowatt hours" according to CVPS. ECTION A'"A SCALE I"= 20' CUT-AWAY VIEW-- This The Alternatives drawing shows the new In hearings held by CVPS to present its proposal to the concrete surface that will town of Bradford before be built against the wall of construction began, Darrow the dam. The river flows McLeod, CVPS General Manager of Engineering and over the dam from left to Power Operations, testified as right. (Pleaseturntopagea) up dates for negotiations with around so that Newbury was Sewer work moves back to 8haeffer area WELLS RIVER--According the west end of Water Street will take about two weeks. A to Tom Key, resident engineer and work towards Main slight change in the planned for the Wells River sewage Street. Key expects that location of the line as shown project, the laying of sewer segment of the construction, (PleaseturntopageS) pipeline on Shaeffer Hill will meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 resume this week. Due to the slow progress of the ledge .... L .L_ remov:a.l cre,, in tha t area:the -| IlAti I [Dl:t: ,[or tftt sewerlme crew moveo DOCK llr7 i1 n, Main Street fora few days - ''' ''' ' ::g*' working South from Maple WELLS RiVER--Workers for workmen uncovered an old Street. It is expected that the .Ralph B. Goodrich Con- casket filled with bones while construction will take about strucfion ompany got a working in an area that police two weeks more on Shaeffer surprise last week while in- say was once a cemetery in Hill stalling sewer pipes for the the early 1900 s. The other crew is still new sewage system that is The bones were sent to officer for the Town of .... ........ t,,,, ..-- t,.h, West bank of expected to connect to the new Burlington to be examined" b.y the Wells River behind the Woodsville Sewage Treatment the chief medical examiner, Post Office They have en- Plant in the fall of 1982. police said On Wednesday, Sept. 30, countered difficulties with river water seeping into the excavation. However, progress is now being made towards Main Street across the Joek Oil Company parking lot. On completion of that leg of the project, it is planned for that crew to move to West Water Street before the end of the week of Oct. 5th according to Key. The work will start at at the Academy Building BRADFORD--When area Europe, mostly in Spain. The residents think of the Brad- period between Europe and ford Academy Building in the Bradford was spent painting village of Bradford, most and illustrating in Westport, think of the building as the Conn. with many summers in location of town and village Vermont. offices, as "the place where Dodson sees himself as town meetings are held," or a place for clubs and organizations to meet. Few know that on the third floor, high above the murmurs of town business, is the art studio of two gifted and successful artists. fortunate to have been able to combine what he likes to do best and what he is best at ",- doing, into a successful career. "I read somewhere once," said Dodson, "that for every 20,000 artis*s in this country, only 250 of them are Bert and Bonnie Dodson, doing art as their sole Bert an illustrator and profession. I think that figure painter; Bonnie combining is probably fairly accurate." her art and sewing skills into According to Dodson, "fabric pictures", came to drawing is an acquired skill Bradford in 1977. They have and "anyone can learn to had their third floor studio in the Bradford Academy Building since one year ago this month. Bert Dodson is professionally an illustrator for various children's books, magazines, and other publications. He has He is presently writing a illustrated over 20 children's book called "Keys to books in all, and his artwork Drawing" for North Light has also been seen on the Publishing Company of covers of numerous books. He admits however, that his artistic interests lie more with painting4 Dodson, 42, got his start developing art courses for young people for a famous art correspondence course in 1964. From there he went on to draw," but he does not feel everyone is able to become an :/.. artist. "The secret," he says, "is to involve yourself in- tensely in what you are looking at so you are only  translating what you see." \\; Classes to begin . Westport, Conn., and will be teaching classes in drawing to "'help gather information for the book." Dodson says the classes will run for eight weeks on Wednesday nights olo ginning on Nov. 4 and that er courses in oil painting and watercolors may follow. teach art seminars at "The course and the book are Silvermine College in Norwalk about the idea that drawing is Conn. In 1970 he decided to a learnable skill. The book will devote his time to his own be directed towards what artwork and spent a year elements are in observation at traveling and painting in {l'h,a'e Illrn IopageS) FABRIC PICTURES--Shown here is an unfinished "fabric picture" by Bonnie Dodson. Bonnie currently has finished "fabric pictures" showing in various galleries. Artists Bert and Bonnie floor Bradford Academy Dodson is a professional Burlington hearing aid company has misled Bradford elderly c00uple BRADFORD--Attorney need a hearing aid for both General John J. Easton's ears. Consumer Protection Division The Zieglers were also has settled a consumer fraud suit against a Burlington hearing aid company. Twenty-first Century Products, Inc., which does business throughout the state as Hearing Aid Service of Vermont, agreed to the set- tlement on the day the trial of the case was to begin. The Consumer Protection Division filed the lawsuit against the company and its owners, Philip C. Ziegler and his son Philip Gregory Ziegler after receiving complaints about the company from an elderly Bradford couple. Easton's office had charged that "the Ziegler had ap- proached Charles and Mable Haskins at their home and used scare tactics to sell them hearing aids." Ziegler allegedly told the couple that if they did not purchase the hearing aids, he was selling they would become com- pletely deaf and that the hearing aids could prevent their hearing from getting worse. Ziegler also allegedly told them that their alter- native to buying the hearing aids was to undergo surgical operations. The suit charged that neither of Ziegler's threats were accurate. The State also charged that Ziegler "knowingly mislead the elderly couple into believing that they both needed two hearing aids when he knew that was not the case." In fact, Easton said, Mr. Haskins was totally deaf in one ,ear and the hearing aid he bought for that ear was useless. He already had a hearing aid for his other ear and had been functioning well with it for eleven years prior to Zieglers examination. The emerxy woman, Easton said, did not charged with "violating a state law which prohibits the sale of hearing aids to con- to discuss routine matters. Among the business discussed at the meeting was a. request from town road agent Roland McKean for up to $800 in repairs needed for the bucket on the town's loader. The equipment budget for the town s highway * department has already been spent but the selectmen, with some indecision on the part of selectman Sue }]olden, decided to ask the company making the repairs to hold the bill until next ,ear. The repairs wili then be paid out of nt years equipment and repairs budget. The selectmen signed an appointment form at the meeting, installing John Fullerton Jr. as the new dog Haverhill. The selectmen also signed a petition-form from New England Telephone Company requesting permission to install three telephone poles on Chapel St. in Woodsville. It was announced at the meeting that the town will purchase two signs warning motorists of a sharp curve on Lummoxville Road. Corinth board okays treasurer's report, updates insurance CORINTHThe Corinth sumers without a written Union District No. 36 School statement from a physician Board met on Sept. 10 to indicating that the physician review the treasurer's report has examined the patient and and to cover routine business. prescribed a hearing aid." The board voted to approve The suit said that neither of the treasurer's report dated the consumers had seen a August 31, 1981. The.report physician. Easton said that showed a balance of $14,338.09. the purpose of the law was to The board also approyed the protect elderly people whoare payment of orders totaling : susceptible to pressure from $9375.13 at the meeting. unscrupulous hearing aid In other business the board dealers to buy hearing aids approved a change in the they do not need and that school's property insurance Hearing Aid Service of Ver- from $100 deductible to $1000 mont had attempted to cir- deductible. The property cumventthatlaw, value on the property was Hearing Aid raised to $700,000. The board Regulation also approved the insurance While the suit was pending, for the content of the school to however, the U.S. Food and be raised to $150,000 Drug Administration passed a "providing the premium does hearing aid regulation which not exceed the budgeted allows patients to purchase .amount." hearing aids without Other actions taken by the physician's examinations. The board at the meeting were: F.D.A. rule has preempted the -- The board signed a Vermont law and now Ver- rubbish removalcontract. monters may obtain hearing --- The board signed an aids without a physician's extension of their one-year prescription. Easton said such transportation contract. an examination is recom- -- The board was informed mended, that $1oo will have to be Ziegler was also charged by overspent on the purchase of the state with "attempting to text books due to student convince the consumers not to enrollment changes at the seek the services of a physician or audiologist by claiming that such services are unnecessary and a waste of time." The Zieglers were also charged with "mis- representing the sale price of the hearing aids." According to Easton, the consumers were told that the regular price of the hearing aids was $569 each, which is the price they paid minus a credit for trade-ins and for (please turn to page 8) school. The board accepted p. Sahlman's resignation as the school's librarian. Lvme Library's LYME--Exeeutive Councilor Ray Burton and state Sen, Ralph Hough of Lebanon were among those present at ground breaking ceremonies for the new library addition