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Porter gives patients a voice in how they get medical care

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLBURY — Porter Medical Center each year helps hundreds of patients improve their health.

Now the hospital is hoping to improve its own health through advice from its patients.

The Middlebury-based hospital, rehabilitation center and suite of physicians offices next week will launch their first-ever Patient and Family Advisory Council, a panel that will offer advice on how PMC could improve the patient experience in such areas as billing, clinical care and facilities.

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Douglas to end three decades as town moderator

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 32 consecutive Januaries, James Douglas has visited Middlebury’s municipal offices to pick up a petition to run for the position of town moderator.

The former state representative, secretary of state, state treasurer and governor made that annual pilgrimage again on Monday, though for a different reason. Douglas informed Town Clerk Ann Webster he won’t be running for re-election.

At the same time he became the first person to sign the petition of his preferred successor: Former Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok.

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Indoor football team eyes Middlebury

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s some big news brewing at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.

Friends of Middlebury Hockey President Michael McAuliffe (pictured) on Monday confirmed an “agreement in principle” calling for a new, professional arena football team called the “Vermont Brew” to play its home games at the center, starting in March of 2020.

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Sports center funding sought

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Town Meeting Day will be asked to add up to $100,000 to current debt for the Memorial Sports Center (MSC) in order to help pay for key, second-floor improvements to the community recreational facility on Buttolph Drive.

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Rubbing elbows

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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FORMER VERMONT GOV. Jim Douglas and his wife, Dorothy, rub elbows with politicians and political junkies in the Statehouse after Gov. Phil Scott’s Inaugural Address this past Thursday.

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Local lawmakers agree with Scott's 'affordability' agenda but want details on costs

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers are largely on the same page with Gov. Phil’s Scott’s stated goals of making Vermont cleaner, more affordable and more populated during the next two years and beyond.

But they want more details from Scott on how he plans to achieve his ambitious objectives — without raising taxes on Vermonters.

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Lawmakers learn committee assignments; Sheldon to chair Natural Resources

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County lawmakers are well positioned in the state Legislature to make a big impact on cleanup of the state’s waterways, the building of its budget, and efforts to improve the way its education system is run and financed.

Area legislators secured seats at the table on those major issues last week, when House and Senate leaders announced membership of the committees that will do the grunt work on the many bills that will compete to end up on Gov. Phil Scott’s desk before the 2019 session concludes.

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Man in MUMS case seeks return of his guns

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County resident whose firearms were confiscated by police in order to keep them from a boy who had allegedly planned to shoot up Middlebury Union Middle School last month has regained access to his guns and could have them returned to his home as soon as this week.

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New FCC rule could hurt local access TV

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Managers of Vermont’s cable access channels are warning that a new rule being pitched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could significantly affect their revenues to a point where some stations might have to pare back services significantly, or even close down.

If that happens it would certainly restrict the public’s ability to keep tabs on their local government.

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Rachel Lee Cummings to succeed Bob Thorn at CSAC

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Rachel Lee Cummings, former chief operating officer at Age Well, will in February begin her role as the new executive director of the Counseling Service of Addison County.

She will succeed Robert Thorn (pictured), CSAC’s longtime administrative leader, who’s retiring after almost four decades of service.

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