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Bike victim's family introduces evidence in Gonyeau case

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — A woman who knew Kenneth Najarian, the bicyclist who was killed when a car driven by Holly Gonyeau struck him on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh on June 17, said she doesn’t buy the story that Najarian’s actions contributed to the tragic crash.

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New Porter chief maps out future priorities

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The state and national health care systems are changing at warp speed, and new Porter Medical Center (PMC) President Lynn Boggs is determined to make sure that Addison County’s community hospital isn’t left in the dust.

Boggs, during a Monday interview with the Independent as she rounds out the first two months of her tenure, outlined an ambitious agenda that includes preparation of long-range facilities and strategic plans to help guide Porter through the next two decades.

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New Porter budget calls for a 3.1 percent spending hike

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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.

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Lessons from the Bangkok bombing: finding hope in the balance

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Gregory James Supernovich



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

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RNeSU welcomes 44 new employees

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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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.

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Hildene Award honors 100 years of service

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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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.

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Annual regatta raised $1,000 for Maritime Museum

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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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.

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Beach at Branbury State Park reopens after weekend health scare

Posted on August 24, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



SALISBURY— After closing the beach at Branbury State Park in Salisbury last Friday due to an outbreak of stomach illness, state officials reopened the beach on Monday saying the danger had passed.

Vermont State Parks officials closed the beach on Friday, Aug. 21, due to a suspected norovirus outbreak. The Vermont Department of Health as of Monday was still waiting for lab results to confirm the source of the illness.

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Brandon police seize heroin, charge Waite with trafficking

Posted on August 24, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — A Brandon man was jailed on drug charges Wednesday evening after Brandon police searched his home and found bundles of heroin ready for sale and more than $1,000 in cash.

Richard J. Waite, 40, was due today to answer charges of trafficking heroin (in excess of 3.5 grams) and cultivating marijuana.

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Wildlife experts plan culverts for critters

Posted on August 24, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — The wildlife tunnels that construction workers this week are beginning to build under Vergennes-Monkton Road are not your typical Vermont Agency of Transportation culvert project.

The low-slung tunnels will enable amphibians to migrate between their habitat in Huizenga Swamp and in the forests of Hogback Mountain without the life-threatening danger of crossing the busy highway.

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