February 16th, 2015
SWANTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split a pair of road games last week and stands in sixth place in Division II with one game to go. The Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Thursday.
The 11-6-2 Tigers have a chance to pick up points with a road win on Wednesday, when they visit Northfield (6-12). After last week’s results, they have defeated every team above them in the standings except fifth-place U-32.
One of the roles of any public governing body is to encourage maximum public participation in decisions crucial to the community. Public participation, after all, is the foundation of democracy.
Regarding the article “Vergennes solar array output comes up short” that ran in the Monday, Feb. 9, issue of the Independent, it’s unfortunate that you used an image of the Acorn Energy Solar One community solar project located off Lucius Shaw Lane behind the Middlebury police station to illustrate the story. That’s because this locally owned, 150-kilowatt array has consistently exceeded its original annual electricity production estimate of 172,000 kilowatt hours by an average of 6.7 percent over the past three years.
This week’s writer is Lawrence Miller, chief of Health Care Reform for Vermont.
As someone who for the past 25 years has owned, advised or worked closely with a Vermont business, I know firsthand how confusing our healthcare system is for employers. But here’s the most confusing aspect of all: Over the past three years, hospital budget growth has been kept at 3 percent, the lowest rate in 40 years. However, many private insurance premiums have risen way beyond that rate over that same time period. How can that be? The answer is the cost shift.
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WOODSTOCK — Otter Valley Union High School senior boys’ basketball player John Winslow reached the 1,000-point milestone in a Wednesday night game played at Woodstock.
Winslow, a three-sport standout at OV, scored his 1,000th point by sinking a third-period three-pointer. Overall, he scored 12 points to pump his career total up to 1,004 and join former teammate Ryan Kelley, who reached the 1,000-point plateau in 2013, as a quadruple-digit scorer. Prior to Kelley’s feat, the Otter who most recently became a 1,000-point scorer was Pat Tulley in 1998.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont House Education Committee is “up to our eyeballs in education policy,” committee chairman Rep. David Sharpe told a group of around 40 at the Legislative Breakfast at the Middlebury American Legion hall on Monday. The Bristol Democrat said that changes to the way Vermont schools are governed and financed is high on the legislative agenda.
MONTPELIER — The state Supreme Court on Feb. 9 gave the green light to the Public Service Board to launch a wide-ranging second investigation into Vermont Gas Systems’ budgeting practices for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
By granting remand, a process by which a higher court sends a case back to a lower tribunal, the Supreme Court ceded jurisdiction to the Public Service Board to consider whether to alter or revoke its December 2013 approval of the project, a 41-mile pipeline through Chittenden and Addison counties.