Meeting Set for Stamford/Clarksburg Crime Watch

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STAMFORD, Vt. — A gathering for residents of Stamford and Clarksburg, Mass., who are concerned about recent break-ins has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 at the Stamford Valley Golf Course.

The meeting is being called by a new local crime watch in both towns. Community watch signs will be distributed along with information about the break-ins and how to help protect yours and your neighbor's homes. The watch will also be gathering e-mails as a way to alert residents. Because of the daytime hour of the meeting, organizers suggest leaving one person at home.

In the meantime, watch organizers urge residents to call 911 immediately if you sight someone suspicious in your neighborhood and write down description, plate numbers and states of suspicious vehicles and note the time and date.


The most recent break-in reportedly occurred some time around noon in Clarksburg.

Contact Clarksburg Police at 413-663-7795, Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421 or 911.
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Berkshires Beat: Community Members Donate Guided Technology for PICC Line Placement

SVMC donation

The Interventional and Perioperative Services Departments at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received a special gift from donors Bob and Anne Farrara of Eagle Bridge, N.Y. The couple donated $10,000 for the purchase of an Arrow Vascular Positioning System (VPS) G4 Device from Teleflex. The machine expedites the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter lines—a long thin tube inserted into a vein in the heart. PICC lines remain in place long term and provide clinicians convenient access to deliver intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition, or medications or to draw blood over several encounters without the need for a needle stick.

"Everyone’s heart anatomy is a little different," said registered nurse Tanya Cowder, SVMC's senior director of Perioperative and Interventional Services. "Just as a GPS system helps you navigate your car to your destination, this new technology helps clinicians place the PICC catheter tip in the optimal location for treatment."

Before this technology was available at SVMC, a radiologic technologist would need to take a chest X-ray, and a radiologist would need to read it in order to determine catheter tip placement. This machine uses a sophisticated biosensor, rather than X-rays. It allows nurses with specialized training to place PICC lines and validate that the placement is accurate. The technology eliminates both the delay in initiation of therapy and the patients' exposure to the radiation X-rays emit.

The Farraras have donated to SVHC for many years. A number of their gifts have supported equipment needs. "SVMC is a great place," Bob Farrara said. "When I am here, I feel like I am home. The staff are caring."

 

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