February 20th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — While Vermont’s population continues to get grayer, Porter Hospital’s Birthing Center is attracting a consistent, healthy flow of expectant parents — a clientele that is also coming from outside Addison County.
Statistics covering the past five years show annual births at the Middlebury hospital hovering around the 300 mark. Specifically, number of babies born at the Birthing Center were as follows:
• 288 in 2007.
• 340 in 2008.
• 299 in 2009.
MIDDLEBURY — When the Williams College men’s basketball team visited Middlebury on Jan. 28 and came within a point of upsetting the Panthers, the Ephs shot 53 percent and scored 79 points.
But in Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal against those same Ephs, the No. 7 seed, the No. 2 Panthers were ready: They held Williams to 34.3 percent shooting — four of 29 from three-point range — to win, 73-61.
When Central Vermont Public Service was granted an emergency rate increase in 2001, the deal struck was that the utility would repay the difference to ratepayers when, and if, the utility was sold. The amount was an estimated $21 million.
CVPS is I the process of being acquired by Gaz Metro, the Quebec Company that owns Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas. It took a nanosecond before the question of the $21 million took center stage.
Every Valentine's Day since 1999, the walls of Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School have resonated with love songs. In her then-second year teaching at Mount Abe, chorus teacher Megan LaRose urged the school's a cappella group to spice up the day of love with "singing valentines," as she calls them. Since then, the act of endearment, or embarrassment, has become a school tradition. Check out the sound slideshow, and look for the complete story in Thursday's edition.
Happy Valentine's Day!
BRISTOL — Every Valentine’s Day since 1999, the halls of Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School have resonated with love songs. The Mount Abe a cappella singing group has turned the day of love into a playful tradition of surprising, embarrassing and tickling their fellow students with tunes from the heart.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel disagreed on Wednesday with a statement released through the U.S. Department of Labor that Northlands Job Corps officials notified his department in a timely manner of a Feb. 7 assault that sent a Northlands student to Porter Hospital.
Meanwhile, Northlands officials this week declined to comment directly on the on-campus assault that left a 17-year-old Northlands student with a broken neck and nose.
BRISTOL — The restructuring of the state’s mental health system post-Irene was the hot topic at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol, a timely discussion that gave lawmakers some food for thought as they weigh options on how to replace the Vermont State Hospital.
ADDISON COUNTY — Last week’s release of the fall 2011 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores had state and local educators eyeing a decidedly mixed batch of results.
Locally, Vergennes Union High School was the only high school to post significant increases in proficiency in all four subjects tested over 2010 results. Others achieved proficiency levels that, for the most part, declined or stayed the same.
Statewide, results also remained fairly stable compared to 2010.