March 12th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week will begin reviewing a House-passed measure to establish a federally mandated “health benefits exchange” that would, according to proponents, make health insurance more accessible and affordable in Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County and Brandon results for Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary essentially mirrored those from around Vermont: A plurality of voters backed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, but the GOP frontrunner failed to win the outright majority his campaign had sought in state that neighbors his own.
In Addison County and Brandon, Romney led with about 37.2 percent of the vote, trailing his statewide number of 39.8 percent. Romney won Brandon and 16 of the county’s 23 towns.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School Principal Inga Duktig resigned last week, citing her readiness to “transition to the next chapter of my career as an educator.”
Duktig’s resignation takes effect on July 1, though Friday, March 9, was her last day on the job. That’s because she was granted a paid leave of absence for the balance of the academic year, according to Addison Central Supervisory Union interim Superintendent Gail Conley.
BARRE — One of the many fans of the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team at the Barre Auditorium on Saturday held up a “Vermont Strong” sign before the Commodores’ Division II title game vs. Mount St. Joseph.
The Commodores were Vermont Strong this winter, defeating every D-II team they played except MSJ, which earned the D-II title by besting VUHS, 56-48.
With foresight, faith and determination, Middlebury voters approved adding a penny on the tax rate for the next five years to initiate a Middlebury Business Development Fund in the hopes of, as the slogan said, creating “good jobs close to home.” Voters also OK’d renovating the fire stations at a cost of $4.65 million, or about 4.5 cents on the tax rate. While other town expenses were held to a minimum, town residents and the business community still face an intimidating property tax bill.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Labor is representing at least five former eCorp English workers who have filed complaints against the company for failure to pay back wages.
As the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, eCorp management was working to make good on those previously bounced paychecks; two complainants confirmed on Thursday that they had been cut new checks.
CORNWALL — Vermont State Police are investigating a one-car crash on Route 30 in Cornwall that resulted in injuries to two Middlebury residents during the early afternoon of March 8.