February 19th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center (PMC) and University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) boards on Thursday voted unanimously to sign an affiliation agreement, a move that would result in reduced independence for Addison County’s hospital but net it greater financial stability, some key capital improvements and a more diverse menu of health care services for local patients.
Thursday’s board votes were a monumental step, but the affiliation move still hinges on some changes to Porter’s organizational bylaws.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team this winter compiled its best NESCAC record since 2001 and earned the right to host Saturday’s quarterfinal as the No. 4 seed, but No. 5 Colby outscored the Panthers, 16-7, in the final 7:20 to snap a tie and win, 48-39.
Several stats favored the 17-8 Panthers: They took more shots (56-45), grabbed more rebounds (43-31), and assisted more baskets (10-8).
SHOREHAM — Longtime Shoreham resident and former farmer Terry Norris this week replaced former Addison-Rutland House Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell. Norris, who was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott on Monday and sworn in at a Statehouse ceremony on Tuesday, now represents Shoreham, Whiting, Orwell and Benson in the Vermont House.
Eastman, who was re-elected to her second term last November, resigned from the post in late December after Scott picked her to serve as his deputy secretary of agriculture.
MIDDLEBURY — Citing increased professional and family responsibilities, Middlebury Selectwoman Donna Donahue confirmed on Tuesday she will resign from her post, effective March 8.
The Middlebury selectboard will now solicit interest from local residents interested in serving out the one year left on Donahue’s original, three-year term.
BRISTOL — The old North Street firehouse in Bristol has been standing empty since last July, when the Bristol Fire Department moved into its station on West Street.
Now three parties are vying to bring new life to the century-old building as a machinery museum, a bed and breakfast or a private residence.
The potential purchasers of the historic village property on Monday presented their ideas to the Bristol selectboard, which quizzed each on its plans. Selectboard members postponed the final selection until their next meeting, Feb. 27.
VERGENNES — Ross Sheehan is back in town, again. He and his wife, Cat Cutillo, bopped from New York City (where they met), to Reno, Nev., to San Francisco, to Vergennes, back to San Francisco, and are now back in Vergennes. Maybe this time for good?
The first time they moved to Vergennes in 2011, the couple fulfilled a longtime dream and opened Outerlands Gallery — showing their own work as well as others — at 37 Green St. But “dream jobs” pulled them back to the Bay Area in 2014.
MIDDLEBURY — As a winter blizzard blanketed Boston with snow this past Saturday the Middlebury Union High School Jazz Ensemble blew into The Hub and played some hot music that earned the band top honors in their class at the largest high school jazz competition in the nation.
“Midd Jazz,” as it is known, won first place in Large Ensemble Class 4 — a category that included 15 schools — in the 49th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
BRISTOL — The coyote hunting contest scheduled for this past weekend by a Bristol man came off as planned. Plenty of protesters showed up, as well as almost three dozen hunters.
The only thing missing was a plentitude of coyotes.
Todd Baldwin, organizer of the “Wile E. Coyote Hunt 2017,” said the results were “not good”; only four coyote carcasses were turned in from a total of 35 registered hunters. Two of the coyotes were bagged in Rutland County, one in Panton and one in Starksboro; the largest was 42 pounds.