May 5th, 2011
MONTPELIER — Following public outcry, a conference committee working to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the recent health care bill on Tuesday announced it had removed language that would bar illegal immigrants from health coverage.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ultimately, Vermont snowfall in the winter of 2010-2011 did not set a record, according to data at the Burlington office of the National Weather Service.
This year’s snowfall total in Burlington — figures aren’t kept for Addison County — stood at 128.4 inches as of Tuesday, in third place behind the Nos. 1 and 2 winters in recorded history, the 145.4 inches that fell in 1970-71 and the 132 inches that blanketed Burlington in 1886-87.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County youth will increasingly take center stage in Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater (THT) thanks to a generous donation that has allowed the organization to hire an education director.
Douglas Anderson, THT executive director, this week announced the hiring of Westport, N.Y., resident Lindsay Pontius to a part-time educator’s position in which she will cultivate new youth programming for the next generation of aspiring actors and theater-goers.
MIDDLEBURY — A long-in-the-works hydroelectric project slated for the Otter Creek Falls has taken two positive steps forward in recent weeks, with the Middlebury selectboard issuing a conditional letter of support and the Holm family submitting their plan for review by federal regulators.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County Superior Court jury on April 29 sided with Porter Hospital and one of its Emergency Department physicians in a malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a Orwell man who died from a heart ailment in 2006.
BRIDPORT — Bridport and Ripton have picked new elementary school principals who both have strong ties to Addison County.
Bridport Central School directors recently selected Kathleen Kilbourne to lead their students and teachers beginning on July 1. Kilbourne, 38, is currently associate principal of Milton Elementary School and previously taught for 15 years at Bristol Elementary School. She will succeed longtime Bridport Principal Georgette Childs, who is retiring.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro author Ellen Michaud’s new book, “Blessed: Living a Grateful Life,” has Addison County written all over it. Dripping with vibrant imagery and drawing from a wide range of local examples, “Blessed” is a call for women to rest their minds, open up their hearts, listen and realize the beautiful flow of spiritual light that runs throughout themselves and the world.
MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont born and bred visionary, Susan Vigne helped broaden the scope of elementary education when she co-founded the Aurora School — taking students out of the classroom and putting them into the community through a hands-on approach to learning.