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January 7th, 2013
VERMONT — The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is urging young Vermonters — and the young at heart — to try free Nordic (cross-country) skiing and snowshoeing this coming Saturday, Jan. 12, and to maintain healthful amounts of physical activities throughout the winter season.
MONTPELIER (AP) — Vermont’s minimum wage went up 14 cents an hour, effective New Year’s Day, to $8.60 per hour.
That’s according to a state law that says the wage will go up each year by either 5 percent or an amount that matches the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.
The minimum wage for workers in places like hotels and restaurants, who rely on tips for a significant part of their income, went from $4.10 to $4.17.
Such increases often trigger raises for workers making just above the minimum wage, as well.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team on Saturday overcame a hot goalie and a 1-0 second-period deficit to defeat visiting NESCAC foe Wesleyan, 3-1.
That victory finished a 3-0 week that was the Panthers’ first action after the holiday break — they defeated Wesleyan at home on Friday, 6-1, and won a non-league game at Utica on Wednesday, 4-1. The Panthers (8-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 NESCAC) were No. 4 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll.
ADDISON COUNTY — Last week in local high school boys’ basketball play, Vergennes won twice to remain unbeaten, Fair Haven defeated both Otter Valley and Middlebury at home to remain undefeated, and Mount Abraham and OV dropped home contests.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/2 Rutland vs. Midd. .............................. 5-1
1/5 MUHS vs. Woodstock .................... 10-0
1/2 CVU vs. Midd. ................................... 5-1
1/5 MUHS vs. Stowe .............................. 4-1
1/2 Fair Haven vs. OV......................... 65-47
Review the Addison Independent’s top 10 Stories of the Year and what you realize is that while many things seem like they stay the same, change is more rampant than we realize.
Our education system is among the best in the country. On that strength, Campaign for Vermont suggests we set our sights even higher.
We rank among the 10 best education systems in America That’s good, but we are in a country that now ranks outside of the top 20 internationally. That means Vermont ranks about 30th in the world. Our high school graduates have a lower college graduation rate than we expect; and evidence mounts that in Vermont, like in the rest of America, children of the poor often remain trapped in poverty, despite the education provided them.
LEICESTER — Vermont State Police are investigating the source of a fire that caused extensive damage to a home on the shores of Lake Dunmore in Leicester last Thursday morning.
Brandon and Pittsford fire departments responded at a little after 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 to a residential structure fire at 236 Sage Court. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The Rutland Herald reported that homeowners Jeff and Cheryl McDonough were away on vacation.