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October 10th, 2011
Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public’s court
As legislative committees meet to prepare agendas for the upcoming session, one piece of legislation deserves consideration and the opportunity for a vote. The issue, known as death-with-dignity, is no stranger to House committees over the past two sessions, but has never been brought to a vote of the full body nor has it been introduced in the Senate.
On a table in my house sits what most people, including my entire extended family, find quite bizarre, something they cannot align with what they know of me.
MIDDLEBURY — The Army Corps of Engineers has launched an investigation into the town of Middlebury’s remediation work in the Middlebury River after Tropical Storm Irene. A letter by the Corps dated Sept. 23 notified Town Manager Bill Finger that the town may have violated federal law.
The letter arrived only days before the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued a new set of procedures towns must follow when alerting waterways.
NEW HAVEN — The rapturous sounds of children bicycling carried across the leaf-scattered fields outside New Haven’s Beeman Elementary School last week, where students took advantage of 46 free bikes provided by Local Motion — the Burlington-based nonprofit promoting people-powered transportation — as part of its new Bike Smart Loaner Program.
For some students, it was a fun and insightful week of class with wellness teacher Patty Whittemore, but for others it was groundbreaking.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Aug. 28, while many watched Tropical Storm Irene rushing in on TV, radio or computer, local officials were battling the storm to keep roads open and information streaming.
But as news of the disaster falls from national and local headlines, many of those local officials are still working hard, attending to recovery efforts and evaluating the emergency response procedures carried out in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
ADDISON COUNTY — As frost rolls in over the Champlain Valley, farmers and home gardeners in the county are beginning to take stock of what has been, for many, a disappointing growing season.
“It’s been very, very, very wet,” said Bill Scott, president of the Addison County Farm Bureau.
In fact, as of Sept. 30, preliminary precipitation totals from the National Weather Service this year add up to 44.2 inches in Burlington, making 2011 already the fifth wettest year on record.
LINCOLN — Lincoln officials removed rocks from the New Haven River last week without state authorization in order to get materials to shore up roads undermined by flooding after Tropical Storm Irene.
Town officials said they had been trying to get a hold of state officials for four weeks without success, and they moved ahead with the work so that necessary repairs could be finished before snow flies.
MIDDLEBURY — A Bridport man on Monday accepted a plea deal from the county prosecutor that calls for him to perform 80 hours of community service and pay almost $14,000 in medical expenses incurred by a man he accidentally shot while target practicing at his Bridport home more than a year ago.