Archive - Nov 16, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — It was in November of 1959 that a handful of area citizens and health care professionals established a nonprofit “guidance clinic” in a small room in Middlebury’s municipal building, a service designed to offer personal and family counseling.
A half century later, that guidance clinic has grown into the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC), an organization featuring 255 employees delivering mental health services to around 2,000 clients annually out of 10 buildings throughout the county.
Adding a personal story to the health care debate, Randolph Herald editor/publisher Dick Drysdale wrote the following editorial several weeks ago about a Randolph couple that had spent the summer in Canada and experienced that country’s health care system. It’s worth a read not because it tells us about the Canadian health care system, but because it reveals the shortcomings of our national bias.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team earned its third trip to the NCAA Division III tournament’s Sweet 16 since 2004 on Sunday, when the host Panthers turned aside Wheaton in a regional final, 2-1.
Before the 14-3-2 Panthers won on Sunday, their most recent berth had been in 2006, when the team’s current seniors were freshmen. Senior midfielder Lindsay Walker, who scored Sunday’s first goal, said the team wants to advance further after the program lost in the first round in earlier sectional visits.
ORWELL — “It’s the small family farm that made this country great,” said Steve Berry.
It was late afternoon on a Friday, and the red Mercury Cougar he drove had already covered many miles on the roads of Addison County that day. The back seat of the car was piled high with boxes, papers and picture frames, a warning light or two flickered on the dashboard and the speedometer sat firmly at zero.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen this week will begin crafting a fiscal year 2011 spending plan with the collective goal of keeping the same municipal tax rate for a second year in a row, or perhaps even lowering it.
“We need to be very careful about this budget,” Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny said, alluding to the ongoing recession and job losses that continue to hit the county.
ADDISON — The cost for replacing the Champlain Bridge will be a minimum of $67 million and take at least 22 months to build, according to a preliminary report released last week by an engineering firm for the New York State Department of Transportation.
The assessment by HNTB New York Engineering and Architecture also analyzed the pros and cons of providing a temporary fix for the 2,187-foot span, and of rehabilitating the 80-year-old landmark.
ADDISON — About 20 Addison residents and school officials joined Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board members and administrators at a Nov. 10 meeting that served as a preliminary forum for discussing unifying ANwSU governance under one board.
VERGENNES — After being closed for more than two months after summer vandalism incidents, the Vergennes skate park re-opened on Nov. 6 with two key changes: Adult volunteers are overseeing it, and users must wear helmets.
Alderman David Austin, who heads a committee that worked to reopen the facility near Vergennes Union Elementary School and is also working to ensure its long-term health, said tentative hours are from 3 p.m. until dark weekdays and noon until 4 p.m. on weekends.