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March 3rd, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the major blockades to Vermont single-payer health care reform fell last week when President Obama endorsed a bill by the Vermont Congressional delegation to alter the waiver date in the federal Affordable Care Act.
The law currently prohibits waivers from federal reform requirements until 2017, but the president has agreed to support an earlier waiver date that will allow Vermont to implement a single-payer plan in 2014.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) executive committee will focus on hiring an interim superintendent rather than launch an immediate search for a full-time replacement for current superintendent Lee Sease.
That was the word on Monday from ACSU board chairwoman Carol Ford, who explained the hiring of an interim administrator will give school directors more time to map out the qualities they would like to see in the new superintendent.
NEW HAVEN — On Monday evening at Town Meeting nearly 100 New Haven residents filled the town hall to discuss, among other things, the new town plan.
While the town plan passed by a margin of 274 to 140 by paper ballot the following day, residents at the meeting brought up a number of qualms concerning zoning and development along Route 7 and town officials stressed that the discussions are not over. As the planning commission now turns to the task of rewriting zoning regulations, many of the same concerns and discussions are likely to arise.
BRANDON — Visiting No. 10 Vergennes played what may have been its most complete game of the year on Tuesday, and the result was a 55-45 loss for the No. 7 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team in a first-round Division II playoff game.
The Commodores — who will visit No. 2 Lyndon on Thursday night — got 26 points from senior guard Ali Provost and earned a 42-29 edge on the boards, mostly thanks to junior center Hannah Curler and senior forward Dani Stapleford.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents at their annual meeting on Monday approved all of the money items on their warning then went to the polls on Tuesday to OK their elementary school budget by a 479 to 256 tally and decide a handful of contested elections.
Tuesday’s elections saw incumbent Selectman John “Peeker” Heffernan top challenger John Moyers, 467 to 279, for a two-year seat on the board.
It’s not that the Middlebury College men’s basketball team has never been competitive, or never had good players. A few coaches in the history of the program have left with winning records, although only one who can say that, former college athletic director Tom Lawson, coached more than 28 games.
MONTPELIER — A recent flurry of enthusiasm for small, diversified farming operations in the state has left some farmers feeling left out in the cold.
That was the main message a group of Addison County farmers gave to legislators when they traveled to the Statehouse last Wednesday.
ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has agreed to give Flatiron Construction a 65-day schedule adjustment in which to complete the new Champlain Bridge in view of harsh winter weather and underwater debris that have hampered work progress.
But officials said on Friday they are confident that Flatiron will still be able to get the new bridge completed by the previously targeted deadline of Oct. 9, and the NYSDOT is considering marshalling additional equipment at added expense to help expedite work.