September 19th, 2011
LINCOLN — Speaker Shap Smith on Thursday announced the appointment of Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, as the chair of the House Committee on Health Care. Rep. Fisher, the current vice chair of the committee, replaces former Rep. Mark Larson who resigned from the Legislature in August to become the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, will become the committee’s vice chair.
ADDISON COUNTY — Step by step Addison County native Rory Jackson made his way from the east coast of Ghana to the west.
As he rambled along the shore in 2002, it never dawned on Jackson that his path would lead him to build a free school for young Ghanaians.
Along his pilgrimage, he reflected on the course that delivered him to that far away African land by the Gulf of Guinea.
ADDISON COUNTY — From the start, Addison County has played an integral role in supporting the Trinity Yard School, a school in Ghana founded by Addison County native Rory Jackson.
BRISTOL — The idea to sculpt an eagle from copper, steel, brass and other materials hatched at Mount Abraham Union middle and high school in 2009.
Last week, some of the more than 30 students who helped create the image of Mount Abe’s school mascot capped the two-year effort by unveiling the proud bird, now perched atop the school’s main entrance.
“What these students have done is awe inspiring,” said Jim Brown, a technology arts teacher and project organizer.
PANTON — Panton selectmen believe they may have found a way to remove the cupola from atop Panton Town Hall, and keep it, too, while allowing the building’s roof to be fixed.
The board had been wrestling with the problem of what to do with the cupola after residents voted at a Sept. 7 special meeting against borrowing $40,000 to fix the deteriorating cupola as part of a larger project to repair the building’s leaky roof.
MIDDLEBURY — Friday was another day at the office for the Middlebury Union High School football team’s offensive line, fullback Jordan Connor and tailback Marshall Hastings.
With the linemen and Connor paving the way, Hastings bolted for 161 of the Tigers 257 rushing yards as MUHS bulldozed visiting Mount Anthony, 33-12, and improved to 3-0 in their return to Division I.
This Thursday and Saturday, about 600 volunteers will fan out across the county in the annual Days of Caring event that launches the fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Addison County. The goal remains the same, $775,000, as it has been over the past couple of years, but the challenges are bigger than ever: on top of a lackluster economy that has yet to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-08, are disaster relief efforts to help those individuals and communities devastated by the flooding of Tropical Storm Irene.
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One of my great pleasures is to go exploring the back roads whenever I have to drive here to there in Vermont. Time permitting, and if the kids are up for it, we leave the state highways behind on trips from Middlebury or Rutland or Shoreham and turn onto dirt roads instead. I haul out my trusty atlas of Vermont, having long since learned that my car’s navigational system likes to insist that I am on an “unverified route” once I get off the main-traveled roadways.