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February 10th, 2014
If you are a member of a school board, the chances are fair that you would like a moment or two of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s time, just enough to have him understand you don’t spend countless hours tweaking the numbers just to devise a budget that is beyond the taxpayers’ ability to pay.
As if you don’t have enough to do…
As I drove down the road the other day, headed from one commitment to the next, I was hit with a sudden, in-your-face realization about the current state of Vermont’s economy.
Sure, I’ve seen plenty of articles and reports providing contrasting doom and gloom and optimistic outlooks for our beloved Green Mountain State, but I never really knew exactly where we stood. Until now.
RIPTON — Vermont State Police cited Sergei Draper, 22, of Ripton, for burglary, following investigation of a reported break-in at a home on the Lincoln Road in Ripton on Thursday, Feb. 6.
ADDISON COUNTY – Health and public safety officials are warning heroin users that product sold as heroin and packaged in the same manner as heroin may instead contain pure fentanyl or fentanyl-laced heroin.
The Vermont Department of Health has just confirmed the cause of three deaths in Addison County in January to be overdoses from pure fentanyl. Fentanyl is an opioid drug that is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, and much deadlier.
ADDISON COUNTY — Porter Medical Center and the Counseling Service of Addison County are in discussions to collaborate on a clinic to provide suboxone, a drug designed to help a growing number of Addison County addicts break their dependence on opiates.
BRIDPORT — Health care reform, education financing and budget matters are making most of the headlines in the Vermont Statehouse these days, but Addison County residents reminded lawmakers on Monday of another issue they will follow intently this legislative session: A proposed law that would regulate the manner in which shoreland properties can be developed.
Editor’s note: Democrat Patrick Leahy, now 73, was the state’s attorney for Chittenden County when he was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in 1974. Now the longest-serving active senator, he has the perspective, the connections and the power to accomplish a lot for his state and his country. Our reporter spent a day with Sen. Leahy last week, watching the veteran politician hard at work in the nation’s capital.
MIDDLEBURY — The 126 seniors who completed their academic requirements this winter rejoiced in the completion of their undergraduate careers during Middlebury College’s annual February Celebration Saturday on campus and at the college’s Snow Bowl in the Green Mountains.
The “Febs” — so called because the majority of them started their college education four years ago in February — will officially earn their bachelor of arts degrees on March 1.