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Addison to honor town clerk for 40 years of service

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — On July 1, 1972, Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace first showed up for her new job with son Michael, then 2, in tow.

This Sept. 29, Michael and Grace’s other son, Christopher, who joined Michael as a fixture at the Addison clerk’s office in 1973, will be part of lunchtime crowd of at least 200 at the Addison Central School that will celebrate their clerk’s impending December retirement after 40-plus years.

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Locals weigh in on Middlebury draft plan

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury should consider making at least one exception to its current ban on retail establishments of more than 50,000 square feet in order to woo an anchor store to Addison County’s shire town, according to at least some of the roughly two-dozen people at a Sept. 18 hearing on the proposed new Middlebury town plan.

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Wanted: Spooky Bristol stories

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — Bristol resident Elissa Cobb wants to hear a few good spooky stories about her hometown in the next few weeks, and hopes her fellow townsfolk can provide them.

Cobb, in partnership with the Bristol Historical Society, is collecting local ghost stories for a townwide Ghost Walk she is helping to organize for next month. Currently slated for Tuesday, Oct. 23, the week before Halloween, the Ghost Walk is an opportunity for kids and community members to learn about Bristol’s historic buildings in a whole new way.

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Column: Understanding town government

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Kathleen Ramsay



Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns by town officials that aims to help residents avail themselves of municipal services.

What is the difference between a Task Force, a Steering Committee, a Committee, a Commission and a Board?

Generally, each group differs in duration, scope, level of formality and, in some cases, the legal basis for membership.

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State has set timetable for move to Health Exchange

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERMONT — As the state works toward establishing the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, which will act as the central clearinghouse from which Vermont residents and businesses alike must purchase their primary health insurance, and beyond the Exchange a Vermont single-payer health care system, a number of key dates lie on the path.

Some dates have passed: In May 2011, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 48, which called for most of the major health care reforms, and a year later the Legisature passed H. 559, which made final plans for the Health Benefit Exchange.

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Exchange seen as step to single-payer

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — At the Ilsley Library on Sept. 13, Vermont Commissioner for Department of Vermont Health Access Mark Larson described the workings of the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange that will by 2014 will serve as the central purchasing point for all the state’s insurance plans — and touched on how the Exchange will help Vermont transition into a single-payer health care system by 2017.

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Health plans will have these 10 elements

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — According to the federal Affordable Care Act, all insurance plans offered in Vermont by 2014 must contain 10 essential elements.

Those are coverage for:

1.  “Ambulatory patient services,” which refers to outpatient hospital care and walk-in care at medical practices.

2.  Emergency care.

3.  Prescription drugs.

4.  Rehabilitative and chronic illness care.

5.  Hospitalization.

6.  Maternity and newborn care.

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Sudbury man is second to die from EEE

Posted on September 18, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



SUDBURY — A second man from the area has died from Eastern equine encephalitis.

Scott Sgorbati, 49, of Sudbury died of the mosquito-borne disease, the Vermont Department of Health announced on Tuesday evening. He was a furniture installer who was said to be in very good health before contracting the disease and being hospitalized last month.

Sgorbati’s death follows the death of 87-year-old Richard Breen of Brandon, who also contracted EEE in August and who died Sept. 4.

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Who should lead Vermont's search and rescue operations?

Posted on September 17, 2012 |
By Cindy Ellen Hill



MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry delivered a well-orchestrated message to the Legislature’s Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Development Committee last week: The Shumlin administration has determined that search and rescue in Vermont will remain under the primary jurisdiction of the Vermont State Police.

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Funds sought to monitor EEE mosquitoes

Posted on September 17, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



MIDDLEBURY — Some local and state officials want the Legislature to double the funding for mosquito control and surveillance in light of two recent cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in humans.

The revelation came at a monthly meeting of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission last Wednesday at Middlebury College featuring a panel discussion on the issue.

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