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Betsy Gossens Honored For Thirty Years Of Dedication With Agency
By Deborah Foster
   Betsy Strolle Gossens was honored at the Vergennes Opera House upon her retirement from Addison County Home Health and Hospice. Gossens had been with the agency for thirty years as a pediatric physical therapist. When Gossens began at Home Health in 1976 she was the only physical therapist working in community health in Addison County. Throughout her career she has played a key role in supporting families. She was a founding member of the Addison County Family Infant and Toddler Program and a pioneer in providing physical therapy in the home setting rather than a clinical setting. Gossens also contributed a chapter on home care physical therapy for the “Home Health Rehabilitation Handbook” by Bella May. “Clearly, she has earned the respect of clinicians inside and outside of Vermont,” said Michele Hadeka RN, a friend and colleague from Addison Home Health and Hospice.
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Historic Foote Property Enters New Era
By Brian Bauer
     For many years, people noticed a lady in distress as they traveled Route 125, in Cornwall, on their way west as they approached the Lemon Fair River. The fine lines of this old Victorian had seen better days and people wondered when she would collapse under the weight of time. It was not always like this. This was the homestead and office of Abram Foote about 100 years ago. Imagine a dirt road going by and an insurance office sign hanging out for all to see. Abram on June 14, 1915 organized The Patron's Co-operative Fire Insurance Company. Only members who lived in Addison County could buy insurance from the new company. But Patrons was so successful that it was writing insurance statewide by 1917. Eventually, for financial and efficiency reasons, three companies        ( The Patrons, Farmers, and Rural Co-operatives ) came together, in December 1951, to form an association called The Co-operative Fire Insurance Association of Vermont The name of this association was used until December 31, 1997, when it became    Co-operative Insurance Companies.
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Marnie Wood Celebrates 30 Years Of Teaching

   Bridport Central School was recently the site of a festive celebration of Marnie Wood’s 30 years of teaching.  The school gym was transformed with flowers, balloons, hors d’oeuvres, banners, and photos of Marnie through the years, and was filled with well wishers including current and former students, current and former colleagues, parents, and community members.  Among the guests were families in which both parent and child have been Ms. Wood’s students.   The Bridport School Directors officially recognized Marnie for her 30 years as an educator, 22 of which have been at Bridport Central School.  Ms. Wood will continue her teaching career as Bridport School’s fourth grade teacher next year.  [ more ]

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