April 2nd, 2014
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday moved to adopt a new spending plan, which would bring spending below the current level and cut the equivalent of five full-time staff positions. It was a move board members said was necessary to rein in costs after voters rejected their first proposal by more than 200 votes on March 4.
Board member Neil Kamman said this budget is the most difficult he has ever worked on, but he supported cutting staff.
BRIDPORT — Two issues dominated the conversation at the annual legislative luncheon Monday in Bridport: bills in the Legislature to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods and pollution regulations affecting Lake Champlain.
Farmers, community members and legislators packed the Bridport Community Hall Monday for the luncheon devoted to agriculture issues. State Reps. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, were on hand to discuss agricultural issues facing Addison County farmers.
MIDDLEBURY — The past three decades have brought myriad changes to Vermont’s health care landscape, but one thing has remained constant: James Daily and his stewardship of Porter Medical Center (PMC).
But the sun must inevitably set on Daily’s tenure as CEO and president of the Middlebury institution. Daily last week announced he will retire by early 2016, ending what has been a legendary run at the helm of Addison County’s community hospital.
MIDDLEBURY — A revote on a proposal to build new Middlebury town offices and a recreation center was still hanging in the balance as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday, though the leader of the petition drive to force the referendum was optimistic he would gather the minimum 230 signatures required by the Thursday, April 3, deadline.
MIDDLEBURY — Calvin McEathron should be pretty well set up to pursue a career as a politician if he successfully earns a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Middlebury College in 2016.
But McEathron, a 20-year-old sophomore, doesn’t plan on waiting another two years before making his mark in the legislative arena. The East Montpelier native confirmed on Tuesday he plans to run for one of Middlebury’s two seats in the Vermont House, a campaign he will pursue as an independent.
MONTPELIER — A bill working its way through the Vermont House of Representatives would dramatically alter the way primary and secondary schools in the Green Mountain State are governed.
MIDDLEBURY — “Of all the issues facing our country, the issue of wealth inequality is the most profound,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told an audience of more than a hundred people at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium, and many more around the state via teleconference on March 30.
The crowds of Vermonters had come out on a Sunday morning to hear the second-term Independent senator deliver some memorable messages regarding economic disparity in this country that, though familiar, still found a receptive audience.