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October 11th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont’s senior senator, said if re-elected next month he will continue to work to secure a waiver for Vermont to enact more sweeping health care reforms sooner than the 2017 timeline mandated under current federal law.
“The way the law is written almost begs for some areas of experimentation, provided you still have the basic health protections that were written into it,” the Middlesex Democrat said during a recent interview at the Addison Independent.
MIDDLEBURY — As juniors at Vergennes Union High School spent three days last week taking NECAP standardized tests, and younger peers ventured off campus to visit colleges and explore careers with local businesses, VUHS seniors were acing what has become known within the school as “Assessment Week.”
For their part, seniors for the third straight year were testing their sense of community and charity — and by most accounts they were getting the highest of marks.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents will gather in their school gym on Tuesday, Oct. 12, to learn about two potential town office projects, one calling for a re-build of the former Newton Academy, the other calling for construction of a new municipal office building on the town green.
Architects will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. to explain the building options with the aid of some design drawings.
BRISTOL — The budgeting process has begun at Mount Abraham Union High School.
Acknowledging that funds are tight and increases in spending loom, Mount Abe school board members at their meeting Tuesday evening focused only on the budget priorities for next year, and left the actual numbers for a future meeting.
BRISTOL — Bristol farmer Jim Choiniere is working with the Vermont Land Trust to put 153 acres of his farmland under protection from future development, Bristol selectman found out at their Sept. 27 meeting. The VLT’s Allen Karnatz asked the Bristol selectboard to endorse the land conservation project — the first of its kind in Bristol.
VERGENNES — On Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team got a solid effort from its midfield and shorthanded defense, and junior forward Kenadi Dattilio buried a goal in each half. That combination proved to be enough to give the host Commodores a 2-0 win over Middlebury.
The win also pushed VUHS to 5-4-1 and unofficially into sixth place in Division II. The Tigers, despite being more competitive this year, fell to 2-6-2.
BRISTOL — After nearly a year of waiting in a temporary location for renovations at Holley Hall to reach completion, the Bristol town offices will be returning to their former home in the Main Street building on Oct. 25.
In just a couple more weeks, town employees will pack up and leave their temporary headquarters at 6 South St. with the help of a moving company.
COLCHESTER — Republican Brian Dubie and Democrat Peter Shumlin brought their respective campaigns for governor squarely before the statewide media on Sunday, Oct. 3, in debate sponsored by the Vermont Press Association at St. Michael’s College.
The debate — the first of only two this campaign season featuring participation of the minor party candidates — gave the two political heavyweights an opportunity to tout their priorities and also throw some more leather in what has become one of the most negative campaigns in recent Vermont electoral history.