Archive - Sep 11, 2006
By HARRIETTE BRAINARD
BRANDON — The Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Dunmore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have joined forces to try to raise money to restore the birthplace of 19th century American statesman Stephen A. Douglas and turn it into a visitors’ center as well as a historic exhibit.
The chamber recently received a $25,000 grant from the Walter Cerf Community Fund — the first step toward funding the project. The plans include a public restroom and needed meeting space for Brandon-area residents.
Blaine Cliver, a local architect who has worked on historic buildings, toured the home and informed the owners that it is likely one of the oldest houses in Brandon. Douglas’s mother was from the well-known Arnold family, some of whom built the original house.
By MEGAN JAMES
ADDISON COUNTY — Many local businesses will play a compassionate role in the community when they release their employees this Thursday and Saturday to build fences, paint walls, and clear trails for nonprofit agencies across the county.
The 11th annual Days of Caring, sponsored by the United Way of Addison County, will link 63 agencies dealing with health issues, poverty, childcare, and aging, to hundreds of local volunteers. Together they will work to keep the area’s human service organizations running smoothly.
“It is extremely important not only for individuals, but for businesses to learn about the nonprofits in their community, to gain insight into the services they provide,” said UWAC Co-director Helen Freismuth. “We want to create a more well-informed community.”
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
MIDDLEBURY — How good a hospital is Porter Medical Center?
Hospital officials on Sept. 26 will discuss the findings of a state-mandated “report card” that shows how well Porter, along with 12 other Vermont hospitals, performs on a variety of quality, safety and financial measures.
This is the second annual report compiled to meet the requirements of Act 53, a law passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2003 to create greater accountability for hospitals and health care providers.
Porter’s rating was average in most specific areas — it scored a little lower than average for its food but higher than average for safety. Its overall rating for patient satisfaction was close to the national average for hospitals of its size.