August 27th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) on Wednesday, Aug. 26, was scheduled to review a proposed fiscal year 2016 Porter Medical Center (PMC) budget of $77,254,719, representing a 3.1 percent increase in spending that among other things reflects a bigger commitment in helping opiate addicts, an ongoing investment in health care technology, and the refinancing of the organization’s debt at a more favorable rate.
Editor’s note: On Aug. 17, at least 20 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a bombing at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. Gregory James Supernovich of Cornwall, who is living and working in Bangkok for a year, was a patient at Chulalongkorn Hospital, a mile away from the shrine, at the time of the blast. He wrote the following essay about his experience.
By GREGORY JAMES SUPERNOVICH
BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union welcomed 44 new employees at its Brandon office and throughout its schools: Otter Valley Union Middle/High School, Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, Leicester Central School, Whiting Elementary School, Sudbury Country School, Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden and Lothrop Elementary School in Pittsford.
MANCHESTER — A celebratory luncheon was held on July 26 at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, on Sunday, July 26, to honor Susanne Rappaport posthumously and Jane Beck. Rappaport’s award was accepted on her behalf by her lifelong friend Eileen Travell.
The Hildene Award is given annually to Vermonters who have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of land conservation and/or historic preservation. Collectively Rappaport and Beck have dedicated nearly 100 years to preserving the stories, traditions and legacies of Vermonters.
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — A record 26 boats, hailing from Canada to southern Lake Champlain, took part in the third annual Diamond Island Regatta on Saturday, Aug. 22. The benefit race, sponsored by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina (PBM), raised more than $1,000 for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) in Ferrisburgh.
ADDISON COUNTY — The area high school sports season gets under way with games this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and then early next week, with two teams seeking to repeat as champions — Middlebury Union football and Mount Abraham Union girls’ soccer.
Other fall teams will be looking to build on strong 2014 campaigns, including Otter Valley football and field hockey and Tiger girls’ soccer.
Still others will be looking to bounce back after off years, such as the Vergennes girls’ and Mount Abe boys’ soccer squads.
PROCTOR — The Middlebury Tigers Major Summer League softball team won the title in the Rutland County Softball League in which they competed this summer. The Tigers, made up of Middlebury area girls in grades 5-8, clinched the title by beating West Rutland in the league tournament final, 14-1, in a game in Proctor on July 31.
The Tigers were sponsored by Rupe’s Custom Cutting of Sudbury. They posted an 8-3 record in regular season vs. the five other teams in the league.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Brandon driver Vince Quenneville sailed to his third Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory of the season on Aug. 21 and tightened an already-close championship battle in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Other winners at the event included Ferrisburgh’s Jamie Aube, Addison’s Chuck Bradford, and Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland.