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The probation department assumes many roles

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The Dover Probation Office merged with the Millbrook office in early 2011. This month, their county director received a state award for the department’s innovative and proactive strategies.
So what exactly does a probation office do? After reading the 2009 Probation Department’s Annual Report, it became clear to me that probation today is a lot more than meets the eye.

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Youth suicide rates are soaring

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The suicide rate for Americans under the age of 20 climbed by 18 percent from 2003 to 2004. It increased by 50 percent for kids between the ages of 10 and 14 from 1981 to 2007. In 2007, 4,410 children between the ages of 15 and 24 took their own lives. These are shocking statistics. Just as sobering is the realization that each life lost is someone’s child.

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Collapsed: The fate of Human Services may mirror that of the infirmary’s wing

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The recent demolition of the east wing of the county infirmary in Millbrook has renewed interest in its history, wherein it once served as the county’s poor house and later an infirmary. A snow-collapsed roof and asbestos infestation caused the east wing to be torn down in late February. That building is now gone, but the societal needs it once served remain.

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Trust at center of redistricting debate

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The seemingly mundane task of drawing legislative election district lines is generating unrest and concern in some quarters. Traditionally a task assigned to legislators, the trend in recent times has been to delegate this to a private citizen commission.

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