February 25th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY— In dramatic local high school basketball action late last week, an Otter Valley senior reached a milestone, the Vergennes boys completed their undefeated regular season, the Middlebury boys nailed down a top-four seed, the OV girls moved over .500, the Mount Abraham boys finished with a victory to clinch a playoff berth, the MUHS girls picked up a win, and the Vergennes girls were edged at home.
The Vermont Principals’ Association will release boys’ playoff pairings on Monday; girls’ teams have one more week of regular season play.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/20 Northfield vs. MUHS........................ 2-1
2/23 Rutland vs. MUHS .......................... 3-2
2/20 Colchester vs. MUHS ..................... 4-1
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera represents the guy environmental activist and author Bill McKibben, former NASA scientist James Hansen and 350.org supporters around the world have to debunk and then re-educate. Shockingly, his editors at the Times still allow him to write on energy topics as if he has a clue.
This week’s writer is Dr. Marvin Malek, MD MPH, who is an internist working at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin.
The financial problem that occurred recently at Porter Hospital isn’t the first and won’t be the last cost overrun we’ll see in Vermont related to the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Unfortunately, Angelo Lynn (Addison Independent, Jan. 10) grossly understates the magnitude of the health information technology (HIT) problem in the health sector, dismissing the Porter case as a mere cost mis-estimation.
MONKTON — Police are looking for help in determining the origin of a fire that consumed a horse barn in Monkton early Sunday morning.
At approximately 3 a.m. on Feb. 24 the Monkton Fire Department responded to a fire at 271 White Ridge Lane in Monkton. The fire was reported after a Monkton resident saw an “orange glow” in the area of White Ridge Lane.
ADDISON COUNTY — When Vermonters gather around the tube to watch the 85th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night they will be pulling for their favorite movies, actors and directors. One film up for an Oscar and the film’s director will have a particularly loud cheering section in Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers served notice on Monday that they will need to raise revenues and cut some programs in order to draft and pass a responsible fiscal year 2014 state budget.
At a Legislative Breakfast at the American Legion in Middlebury, Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, said this is the toughest financial year he has seen since being elected to the House 10 years ago. The House majority leader noted the federal government was able to cushion some of the financial blow of the recession through millions of dollars in stimulus funds.
MIDDLEBURY — Following months of charged discussion among students and administrators about the possibility of divesting the college’s endowment from fossil fuels and weapons companies, seven students presented the case for divestment at the February board of trustees meeting this past Saturday. No decisions were made, but officials lauded the students for their presentation.