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February 17th, 2011
Porter Hospital officials posed a legitimate beef with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed provider tax on hospitals in a front page story in today’s Addison Independent: “These reductions will clearly impair our ability to be an effective partner in the way reform is occurring in this state, in the way that Gov. Shumlin and Gov.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital’s ability to participate in Vermont’s health care reform effort could be severely hampered by state budget proposals that would further erode the Middlebury institution’s fragile bottom line.
That was the message on Tuesday from key Porter Hospital officials who face the perennial challenge of delivering cutting edge medical services to a population that is increasingly unable to afford them.
BRISTOL — As if health care reform weren’t shaping up as a tough enough challenge, lawmakers this session will participate in crafting a 2011-2012 state budget that is already facing a $176 million revenue shortfall.
Local legislators outlined some of the many looming budget challenges at a legislative breakfast on Monday at the Bristol American Legion headquarters.
House and Senate members are poring over a fiscal year 2012 budget draft that features a lot of cuts and some revenue adjustments.
MONTPELIER — Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes was recovering well on Wednesday from surgery just hours after suffering what his wife, Eileen, called a “major heart attack” at his hotel in Montpelier on Tuesday evening.
“He sounded like his old self today,” Eileen Clark said during a brief phone conversation on Wednesday as the Addison Independent went to press.
MIDDLEBURY — It was August 2008 — deep in the heart of bike-riding, lawn-mowing season — when Goshen resident Dick Conrad found himself completely immobile. Almost overnight, his immune system had mistakenly attacked the nerves in his body, a result of the very rare Guillain-Barre syndrome.
After two-and-a-half years of rehabilitation, Conrad is relieved to count himself among the healthy again. But one need only step into Carol’s Hungry Mind Café in Middlebury to see that Conrad stayed busy even during his recovery period.
BOSTON — The Addison County Independent won nine awards — including the top award for publications its size — at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual competition held in Boston this past weekend. The Independent’s sister paper, the Brandon Reporter, also earned two awards, including a first-place nod.
SHOREHAM — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials are targeting President’s Day for the reopening of so-called Bridge No. 2, which spans the Lemon Fair River on Route 74 near the Cornwall-Shoreham town line.
On Monday morning VTrans officials closed one lane of Bridge No. 2 after discovering a large hole in the concrete deck of the steel-beam span, erected back in 1939. Officials closed the 182-foot-long bridge to all traffic later in the day.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment has conditionally approved a plan for a 10,650-square-foot Dollar General store at the intersection of Monkton Road and Route 7. The site lies across the state highway from the new solar farm, and across Monkton Road from Denecker Chevrolet.