January 10th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Climate change may have been largely absent from the national political conversation in 2012, but Addison County is kicking off the first month of 2013 with visits from nationally renowned climate change scientists.
On Jan. 17, the public is invited to attend a presentation by Alan Betts, a Pittsford-based climate scientist who in recent years has been presenting his climate change research to diverse audiences around the state. Betts will present at the Salisbury Community School at 7 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Otters and the Middlebury Mystix, two women’s community ice hockey teams, will host the 14th annual “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” hockey tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury. Last year, the event raised over $70,000 for the statewide Cancer Patient Support Program, and the Otters and Mystix are hoping to break that record in 2013. Over the course of its history, the Face Off Against Breast Cancer has raised over $270,000 for charity.
Every now and then the stupid side of sports is fully displayed.
This past weekend was such a time, and in more ways than one.
Let’s start with first things first. Word broke late on Friday that the National Hockey League owners and players had resolved their labor dispute after 113 days, and by Sunday it was confirmed.
It’s not that the resolution was unwelcome news, it’s that the words “labor dispute” are used kindly. It was all the owners and commissioner Gary Bettman’s fault.
In doing the right thing, Porter got slapped around by the state regulatory agency for miscalculating how much a new, electronic medical records system would cost. The Middlebury hospital took on the challenge of converting to a digital (versus paper) based filing system of patient’s records because it believed it would provide better patient care in the long-term at less cost.
MIDDLEBURY — Joanna Colwell began practicing yoga in her early 20s, after meeting her future instructor by random chance: The two strangers met during an earthquake in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Chance may have spurred her initial exposure to yoga, but it was also fate. “I was instantly hooked,” Colwell said.
Funding the state’s transportation program is a major issue on the agenda of this year’s legislative session. Since 2000, miles traveled on Vermont’s roads have increased by 13 percent, but annual gasoline and diesel fuel tax revenues are the same today as they were 12 years ago. As Vermonters have replaced gas-guzzlers with more fuel efficient vehicles, the new vehicles use less fuel per mile. Thus, gas and diesel taxes, which are the principal sources of revenue for the state’s Transportation Fund, are not keeping up with the wear and tear on the roads.
Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small — how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.
But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.
This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting “tar sands” oil through Vermont?