February 10th, 2011
SHOREHAM — Town Meeting Day is just around the corner, and candidates for local school and municipal offices are jockeying for position as the election approaches.
But in Shoreham, the race garnering the most headlines involves a field of seven people who are each hoping to get just enough votes to finish second. That’s because the “winner” of this race gets the dubious honor of smooching a baby — only we aren’t talking about the human variety that politicians want to be seen holding.
BRIDPORT — State Sen. Claire Ayer filed legislation on Tuesday that lays the groundwork for a single-payer health system for Vermont.
The Weybridge Democrat, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, filed bill S.57, which proposes that the state create a “single-payer and unified health system.”
The bill — which Ayer hopes will be adopted by her committee — calls for the state to:
MIDDLEBURY — Early this week, far from the roar of protesters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, five students beginning their spring semester at Middlebury College were struggling to find ways to keep up on the historic events that, just two weeks ago, they were witnessing firsthand.
MIDDLEBURY — Leaders of e-Corporate English on Monday announced plans to hire an initial batch of more than a dozen workers in anticipation of moving into the company’s new headquarters off Middlebury’s Exchange Street after March 1.
BRISTOL — Students in the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union schools were in class Wednesday, though just a few days earlier they were getting ready for an unwanted day off.
Feb. 9 was the strike date set by teachers in the five-town public school district, but the teachers called off the strike on Monday evening. They said they would finish up the school year under contract conditions that the ANeSU school boards imposed on Jan. 5 and begin negotiating a new contract that will begin next year.
ADDISON COUNTY — Lightning and thunder in the middle of February?
Yes, it’s possible, said meteorologist Paul Sisson from the National Weather Service in Burlington. Though thunder snowstorms are very rare, the Northeast saw one on Saturday night. That came in the midst of a weekend of heavy snow that resulted in a few collapsed roofs at local barns
ADDISON — The Addison Planning Commission on Feb. 21 will review changes allegedly made to town zoning laws last summer by Addison’s interim zoning administrator Jeff Kauffman — also chairman of Addison’s selectboard.
Some Addison residents believe Kauffman overstepped the bounds of his authority and made major changes to the zoning laws, alterations that were not approved by planners at their Aug. 16, 2010, meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — The trial of a Middlebury man in connection with the Aug. 19, 2009, armed robbery of a Hancock convenience store ended in a hung jury in Addison County District Court on Feb. 4.
Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster said he is weighing options in what to do next with the case involving Adam Racine, 23, who had been charged in connection with the robbery of JD’s Quick Stop Convenience Store on Route 100 in Hancock.