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January 27th, 2011
Guess what: I won the lottery.
I never thought it would happen to me. I don’t win at games of chance. I’m not one of those charmed people who spend $50 a week on scratch tickets and score a $1,500 jackpot every decade or so. I just don’t have that kind of luck.
I’m amazed I actually won. But what’s even more incredible is that I knew it was going to happen. The numbers came to me in a dream.
MONTPELIER — Two Addison County lawmakers who will play prominent roles in the state’s health care reform debate this biennium are praising a recently released study advocating for a single-payer insurance system for Vermont.
CORNWALL — Habitat for Humanity of Addison County is proposing to build what would be Cornwall’s first-ever affordable housing subdivision on a 13-acre parcel off DeLong Road.
VERGENNES — With the Addison Central School (ACS) board’s Thursday adoption of a $1.71 million budget for voter approval in March, it became official that 2011-2012 spending at all four Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Schools will drop.
The ACS spending plan calls for a 5.07 percent decrease. Earlier in the week, the Vergennes Union Elementary School board adopted a proposed $3.89 million budget that would lower spending by 0.10 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — For Middlebury College senior Jenny Djupedal, the dying process has always been a bit of a mystery.
“My grandma passed away when I was still in high school and she was on hospice when she died,” Djupedal said. “That was a really scary experience for me because I had never seen anybody die before.”
Djupedal is one of few young 20-somethings who has experienced death, and hospice, first-hand.
LINCOLN — Following the 237-222 defeat of the Lincoln Community School’s $2 million bond proposal last Tuesday, the Lincoln school board had some decisions to make.
At a special meeting on Thursday, members decided to put the same bond proposal up for a second vote on March 1, following the Feb. 28 town meeting day.
“We met last night and went around and talked about it and decided to put it before the voters again at town meeting,” Chairman David Venman said in an interview on Friday. “Essentially, it’s the same plan.”
WHITING — Whiting Elementary School’s ordinary morning routine was disrupted by an extraordinary visit on Friday, when a baby was delivered in one of the school’s classrooms.
Tim and Corey Smith of Castleton were hurrying up Route 30 to Middlebury’s Porter Hospital mid-morning Friday when circumstances forced them to make a sudden change in their plans.
SHOREHAM — I hear the howls before I can even see Lissy Heminway’s house in Shoreham. Their loud cries reverberate off the trees and into my ears, making me think I’m entering into some kind of coyote reserve.
As my car pulls up to the house on Shacksboro Road and I see the huge pen of 12 or so dogs hugging the fence, I remember where I am. Today I’m going dog sledding.