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May 23rd, 2014
Let us all thank Rep. Willem Jewett and Sen. Claire Ayer for their hard work and leadership resulting in the passage of the Toxic-Free Families Act (S.239) this session.
I would like to reply to the letter in the May 19 Addison Independent by Jim Ortuno, the firefighter who felt disrespected at the public hearing for the pipeline in Shoreham.
I was there at the hearing and I didn’t witness any disrespect or harsh reactions. I did hear laughter (and yes, some dismissive snorts) when one speaker touted the stellar environmental record of International Paper.
This week marks an important one-year anniversary of Vermont’s Act 39 — Patient Choice and Control at End of Life — becoming law. Citizens and legislators in our state worked for 10 years in an effort to ensure a right of choice for terminally ill patients.
ADDISON COUNTY — Law enforcement agencies in Addison County kicked off a high-visibility “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign this week, one that will last through the holiday weekend and the end of next week.
SHOREHAM — Expressing a desire to “recharge his batteries” and devote more time to the family farm, Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, announced this week that he will not seek a fifth consecutive two-year term in the Vermont House.
MIDDLBURY — The Russ Sholes Senior Center was a pretty big draw when it formed in Middlebury some 35 years ago. Dozens of seniors gathered regularly in the lower level of Middlebury’s municipal building to share potluck meals, chat, and play cards and board games. A group of crafts enthusiasts —whom then-Town Clerk Richard Goodro fondly anointed the “sew-sew girls” — would also meet up to stitch and knit together, making clothes that they would donate to local charities.
VERGENNES — The keynote speaker at the service following the Vergennes Memorial Day parade will bring a lifetime of experience to the podium on the city green. Michael Wojciechowski, a Purple Heart recipient and highly decorated soldier, served in the Army National Guard for more than a quarter of a century — some of that in the hot spots of Iraq and Afghanistan.
He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and family in Addison, and is a member of American Legion Post 14.
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — The Spring Open Studio Tour over Memorial Day Weekend offers a great way for locals and visitors alike to see the Green Mountain State as well as the work of Vermont artist right where it is made. Bright yellow signs are placed along Vermont’s roads to mark the way to studios of craftspeople and fine artists during the self-guided tour on May 24 and 25 at a time when the landscape is fresh and inviting and without the crowds of summer and fall.