Gov. Shumlin announced last Wednesday that “it is not the right time” to introduce a single-payer health care system in Vermont. He said he would not propose such a plan to the Legislature in 2015.
A version of a financing plan for single-payer that was leaked to the press earlier this month received a strongly negative reaction, so the governor’s decision to abandon further action is not a surprise.
ADDISON COUNTY — When the last muzzleloader shot echoed through the woods earlier this month, concluding the final Vermont deer season of 2014, the county’s total of deer taken between October and December stood at 724, the second lowest figure since 2008.
The Christmas season is a time of expectations. For many, Christmas morning is when those expectations are fulfilled. Or not.
VERMONT — St. Johnsbury Academy senior football player Colton Hudson and Williamstown High School senior soccer player Dani Jesmonth were chosen as the Athletes of the Month for October by the Vermont Sports Media Association. Each outpolled a field of nominees that included a local athlete.
VSMA members in statewide balloting elected Hudson as the VSMA Male Athlete of the Month and Jesmonth as the Female Athlete of the Month. They were first nominated by one or more VSMA members for their outstanding efforts during the month of October.
MIDDLEBURY — Lacey Greenamyre of Middlebury won a trophy for first place overall in the 14-and-under division in the Charles Jewtraw All Around Long Track Speedskating Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 12 and 13.
The 13-year-old, skating with the Saratoga Winter Club , medaled in all races. She placed first in the 500M, 1,100M and 1,800M races and second in the 300M. Her family reported that the majority of skaters competing at the meet were from Canada, including all of the ones Greenamyre competed against.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/27 Harwood at MUHS..................... 7 p.m.
12/29 Lake Placid at MUHS................ 7 p.m.
12/30 NCCS at MUHS.......................... 7 p.m.
1/3 MUHS at Lyndon............................ 4 p.m.
VERGENNES — A total of seven Vergennes police officers and Vermont State Police troopers calmed a Dec. 15 fight involving a number of female Northlands Job Corps students, Vergennes police said, but police ended up electing not to file any charges.
When police arrived, they found a group of students yelling at Northlands security. Police settled down the situation and investigated, including interviewing a number of students, before deciding not to issue any citations.
In other incidents between Dec. 15 and 21, Vergennes police:
ADDISON COUNTY — A few minutes before 10 a.m. on Dec. 16, Vermont State Police Trooper Justin Busby observed that the registration sticker was missing from the plates of a vehicle that had just driven up to the gas pumps at the Shoreham Service Center. The trooper questioned the driver, identified as 28-year-old Patrick Ryan of Richmond, about the registration sticker and determined that Patrick Ryan’s driver’s license was under criminal suspension for a prior driving under the influence conviction.