April 1st, 2010
I’ve been re-evaluating some of my core beliefs. Hey, it’s never too late for a guy to change his mind, right?
Here’s just a few things I’ve come to realize I’ve been all wrong about:
MIDDLEBURY — In the wake of the federal health care law enacted last week, many are touting the reforms it will introduce as a victory for individual access to health coverage. At the Porter Medical Center annual meeting last Thursday evening, however, the question at the tip of many tongues was, “What will it do for us?”
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) board members will spend the coming weeks digesting various school district consolidation options offered up in a massive report that could lead to sweeping changes in how schools in the seven-town district are governed and managed.
It was last fall that the ACSU commissioned former Barre Superintendent Ray Proulx to study resources, enrollment trends and possible collaborations among schools within the ACSU’s seven elementary schools, middle school and high school.
NORTH FERRISBURGH — One North Ferrisburgh dairy farm is considering reviving the dwindling tradition of bottling and marketing its own milk in the hopes of escaping the economic uncertainty of the bulk milk market.
BRISTOL — Four area American Legion posts rolled out the red carpet on Friday for a rare visit from their highest-ranking colleague, National Commander Clarence E. Hill, who was touring the western part of the state to listen to veterans and describe efforts being made on their behalf in the nation’s capital.
MIDDLEBURY — Storyteller and Addison resident Mac Parker held a press conference Friday appealing to Vermont’s Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) to work “cooperatively with me to bring this situation to a speedy and successful resolution.”
“I am not seeking to avoid my responsibility for any mistakes or potential violations I may have committed,” Parker said in a prepared statement. “I am simply looking for ways to resolve the situation in a positive manner.”
When the answer to our economic well being depends on consumers being more willing to spend, the last thing you want to do is hide your product, or subtract from its appeal. But that is precisely what the State of Vermont is doing by suspending its Seal of Quality program.
The program is being suspended because the state’s agriculture department doesn’t have the resources to monitor the program. At present all a Vermont food producer needs to do is to send in a check for $20 and the seal is granted.
MIDDLEBURY — Bridport residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 4, to cast votes on a proposed 2010-2011 elementary school budget that is $6,158 leaner than the spending plan that was defeated by less than 10 votes on Town Meeting Day.
Voters rejected the original budget plan of $1,336,975 by a 179-172 tally. It proved to be one of the few school budget defeats in the state but was the second year in a row that Bridport residents had rejected their elementary school spending plan.