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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont officials said they’re pleased federal officials are cobbling together a national health care reform plan, but want to make sure new federal legislation does not undo reforms the Green Mountain state has enacted on its own during the past three years.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury-based environmental firm has developed a “carbon footprint calculator” that allows people to compute how they are individually contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, while also prescribing ways they can reduce those emissions.
VERGENNES — On Saturday, May 10, 1969, Vergennes resident Jim McEvilla responded to a ringing phone, raced to city hall, fired up a Chevrolet station wagon parked in the rear garage and drove off to a nearby medical emergency.
That was the first of 94 calls in the first year in what is now the 40-year history of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.
That’s a far cry from the most recent 12 months, when VARS’ three ambulances, with full crews and complements of life-saving equipment and drugs, responded to about 860 calls for help from its Panton Road headquarters.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team won four times in its final five regular season games to earn first place in the Northern Division. The local nine will head into the state tournament as not only the defending champion, but also the co-favorite with Southern Division champion Bennington.
It was just a year ago around this time that I was writing some summer columns about beautiful Vermont sunsets enjoyed on evening canoe trips around various Vermont lakes, especially Dunmore and Champlain. This summer, instead of enjoying the bright colors of sunsets over distant landscapes, I am enjoying many shades of gray rain clouds. Let’s call them rainscapes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the Vermont Milk Commission meets late this week in Montpelier, undoubtedly the discussion will focus to the precarious state of Vermont’s floundering dairy industry.
It’s a conversation that has spread beyond Vermont, as lawmakers’ efforts to drum up support and attention to the dairy crisis ramped up in Washington, D.C., this month.
But it’s also a conversation that has some dairy advocates asking just what federal legislators can and will do to turn around the dairy slump.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Parent/Child Center’s programs helping young parents have long been replicated in similar centers throughout Vermont and the nation.
Now the center — celebrating its 30th birthday — may see some of its techniques exported to South Korea, a nation struggling to even acknowledge, let alone lend a hand to, unwed mothers.
MIDDLEBURY—A group of elderly women mingled in the late afternoon sunlight, all giggling heartily behind hands raised to cover their mouths.
They were engaging in something called “naughty laughter,” in which they playfully scolded each other while laughing.
It was an exercise in the second of six laughter yoga classes held this summer at Middlebury Commons Senior Housing.