MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday put the brakes on the state’s multi-year quest to convert to a universal, single-payer health care system, saying the cost and financing scheme of such a plan would be “detrimental to Vermonters, employers and the state’s economy overall.”
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center administrators and representatives of the nurses’ union announced on Wednesday they had reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract for nurses.
Terms of what would be the first-ever contract for Porter nurses were not included in a brief press release issued by Porter spokesman Ron Hallman on Wednesday. More details will be available after the union members officially ratify the pact, according to Hallman.
That ratification vote is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 22.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team relied on tough defense and a 21-point night from senior guard Liam Hayes to edge visiting South Burlington on Monday, 45-41.
The win over a Division I foe pushed the Division II Commodores to 3-0, with all three victories coming against programs that defeated VUHS a year ago, when the team finished 9-11 and earned a home playoff game.
CHITTENDEN — The Middlebury Union High School Nordic team opened on Saturday with some strong efforts at a seven-team freestyle relay meet at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden.
Two skiers on each relay team took turns covering a 1.2-kilometer course twice each, and the Tiger duo of sophomore Nick Wilkerson and freshman Sam Hodges posted the top result, coming in second in the boys’ race in 13:00, 34 seconds behind the winning Woodstock duo and 32 seconds ahead of the third-place Burr & Burton pair.
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school basketball action late last week, the Vergennes and Otter Valley boys each won, the Middlebury boys split a pair of contests, and the Mount Abe and MUHS girls both dropped home games, in the Tigers’ case despite a record-setting performance. The Otter Valley girls also defeated visiting Poultney on Saturday, 44-10, in a game rescheduled from Friday; details were unavailable.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Middlebury Union High School senior Austin Robinson is one of three finalists for the PRIDE Award given annually by South Burlington’s Dolphins Foundation to a top Vermont football player.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police said four people were injured in a Tuesday morning, two-vehicle accident near Middlebury Beef Supply that closed Route 7 to traffic for more than five hours.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College on Jan. 24 will induct the first class into its new Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the opening of the college’s new field house. The inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees will include some of Middlebury’s most celebrated and accomplished athletes.
The inductees include two women and three men who excelled in baseball, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, lacrosse, field hockey and cross-country. They come from classes as early as 1910 and as recent as 1999.
The inductees are: