August 22nd, 2016
This week’s writer is Don Rendell, President and CEO, Vermont Gas Systems.
Vermont Gas’s Addison County customer expansion project has received its fair share of news coverage over the past few years and rightfully so: this has been a complex and, at times, very challenging project. Often missing in the many headlines about Vermont Gas are the tremendous benefits this project will bring to Vermont.
NEW HAVEN — CABER TOSS
The results of the men’s caber toss are as follows.
Ages 11-17: 1. Jivan Galpes, Concord, Mass.; 2. Jason Feil-Sharp, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 3. Lydia Deppman, Cornwall.
The following are the results in the 4-H Dairy Conformation competition held on Aug. 9.
BRISTOL — A trio of dissenters said no to the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee’s official plan for district unification, which was sent to the Agency of Education for review this month.
The official proposal includes a “Minority Report” — authored by committee members Nancy Cornell, Herb Olson and Mike Fisher — that makes a passionate defense of the “value of local control” of ANeSU schools.
ORWELL — After rejecting the notion twice this year, Orwell voters are likely to get a third opportunity to weigh in on a proposal to merge their school governance with that of five nearby Rutland County communities.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials will spend the next few months determining whether the county’s health care hub should remain independent or pursue affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN). And some key PMC stakeholders and health care industry observers indicated this week that they are already leaning toward supporting affiliation.
BENNINGTON — On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Vermont State Firefighters Association (VSFA) held its 127th annual conference in Bennington. Each year the VSFA Recognition and Awards committee must select from hundreds of nominations received by fire departments from all around the state. At this year’s annual banquet and recognition ceremony the members of the Bristol Fire Department were well recognized for their commitment and dedication to the department.
ADDISON COUNTY—At Mary Johnson Children’s Center in Middlebury, 60 youngsters are enrolled in the center’s upcoming session. About 50 percent of those children’s families qualify for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, which recently received an additional $1 million in state funding.
Government funding for the program has remained stagnant over the past five years, leaving a $10 million gap between market childcare prices and tuition assistance, and the state’s childcare providers say families are struggling to pay the difference.