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Re: Non-routine News
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:42:56 pm »

Ice Storm hits Agelbert. We had a full two inches of solid ice on EVERYTHING outside (except the tree branches that have a quarter inch of pretty, sparkly ice glaze encasing them).

The car was stuck in the driveway and required warming up and turing the wheels left and right to free from the ice. Nobody here has ever seen that thick of an ice layer. The town went nuts throwing sand around because the plows couldn't get down to the road surface and it was too cold for the salt to work for a couple of days. They did eventually throw a LOT of salt out there too.

Colchester’s Weekly Town News
For the Week Ending December 27, 2013
Colchester, Vermont Public Works Department—Bryan Osborne, Director Week ending December
In the aftermath of Winter Storm Gemini, we thought the following information would be of interest:
Storm duration: 60 hours from Friday noon to Monday noon
Weather conditions: icing and sub-freezing temperatures
Miles of public roads maintained: 90 miles
Miles of private roads maintained: 20 miles
Miles of sidewalks/paths maintained: 37 miles
Number of parking lots maintained: 6
Number of snow maintenance personnel available: 10
Maintenance staff overtime: 226 hours
Supervisor non-paid overtime: 38 hours
Fuel consumption: 924 gallons
Salt usage: 232 tons
For further information or comment, please call June Campbell at 264-5509.


BURLINGTON, Vt. —A death certificate indicates that the University of Vermont's associate director of residential life whose body was found in a house fire died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kathleen Cook's body was found Thursday morning during an early morning fire at an on-campus home owned by the university.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the cause of the fire has not been released.
Cook had worked at the university for 16 years and was described as a devoted educator.


Dr. Kathleen M. Cook

Kathy Cook helped make UVM a welcoming place for everyone
By Katy Cardin, News Editor

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dr. Kathleen Cook’s legacy at UVM began 24 years ago and will continue on as members of the UVM community remember her inspirational disposition and kind spirit.

Known more fondly as “Kathy” among her friends and colleagues, the 45-year-old associate director for Residential Life at the University died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in her South Prospect Street home that caught on fire last Thursday, according to Police Services.

Cook began what would become a long stay at UVM when she completed her bachelor’s degree in 1991, followed by her master’s of education in 1995 and then her doctorate in education in 2010, according to a University-wide email sent by President Tom Sullivan and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Annie Stevens on Thursday.

“Kathy approached her work with students and student organizations with an infectious vitality that challenged individuals to learn from their experience while also building communities within UVM,”

Director of Student Life Pat Brown said. “Her friendliness and approachability was a pure invitation to students to seek her counsel. As a colleague and friend she will be missed.”

Cook was a Student Affairs staff member for the past 16 years. Before she was the associate director for Residential Life, she worked in the Department of Student Life as the assistant director for leadership programs, Brown said.

As president of the Inter Residential Association (IRA), senior Joe Oteng said he was able to work with Cook at various IRA events and often talked with her on campus.

Oteng said Cook was highly involved with and passionate about solving racial issues that occurred between Resident Assistants and campus residents.

“From a student perspective, I think her legacy will be in challenging students to think about how they relate to students of color in a predominantly white community like UVM, and how questions of identity and race can contribute to a better living community for everyone,” he said.

In fact, Vice President for Executive Operations Gary Derr sent a University-wide email on Thursday stating that Cook’s dissertation for her doctorate was titled “Diversity Training: Moving White Resident Assistants Forward or Backward in their Racial Identity Development.”

Residential Life staff member Carrie Wicks said she feels Cook truly embraced her position as associate director, and was able to make a positive impact on everyone she worked with because of that.

“She gave us freedom to be angry, strong, weak, creative, confused, lost and loved every step of the way,” Wicks said. “She cared deeply about everything she did and created...she was an innovated [sic] leader and woman. I admired her, we all did.”

Cook’s professional achievements did not stop at Residential Life. She was also the Area Coordinator for First-Year Experience for LGBTQ, working with first-years who identify as LGBTQ.

In their letter, Sullivan and Stevens extended condolences to the University community as well as to Cook’s family, friends and colleagues.

“A devoted educator, mentor, colleague, and friend, Kathy touched the lives of many students, staff, and faculty,” the Oct. 31 email read. “Her absence will be felt profoundly across the University.”
Following a status update on the University of Vermont Facebook page relaying the email sent by Sullivan and Stevens, multiple people responded by sharing their feelings and condolences.

“So sad to hear this news. Kathy was such a nice person. She has done a lot of good for UVM and students. Rest in peace friend,” William A Moultan III wrote.

A memorial service will be held for Cook at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in Ira Allen Chapel.

By Katy Cardin


Agelbert NOTE: When we have a society where a person covers up their agony with a happy face, is consumed by that agony to the point of suicide, and then is lovingly remembered for HAVING SUCH A PEPPY, HAPPY FACE, ACCEPTING AND HELPING DISPOSITION (a big act!) by the society that destroyed her without a HINT that, uh, maybe there is something WRONG with our society if a person with a doctorate in PEOPLE skills offs herself, you know we are really in la la land denial about our failed society. Denial of flaws is the national sport. Vermonters are quite good at it.

That's why things continue to deteriorate. If people don't even recognize they have a society based, not individual based, problem, the problem will worsen. Vermont in general, and UVM academic SOCIETY in particular, FAILED to give Kathy Cook the strength she needed to go on living.  :( So it goes.

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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