October 17th, 2013
Health exchange website holds back reforms
Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont’s median household income of $53,000.
I have often thought — and said aloud — that a bad autumn for Vermont foliage is better than a great autumn anywhere else. Which is another way of saying that there is no such thing as bad foliage here. Even on those Octobers when we spoiled Vermonters complain that “the colors are dull this year,” our wooded hillsides are still quite beautiful.
The same might be said about fishing. Some say “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” I say simply that there is no such thing as a bad day of fishing.
America really loathes Washington right now, and that’s preposterous: Our Town has done nothing wrong.
Washington is a place where hundreds of children couldn’t play soccer this past weekend; where cafeteria workers, janitors and secretaries aren’t getting paid for who knows how long; where buses and subway trains run empty; where shoeshine guys sit idle; and where Girl Scout troops had to cancel annual camping trips.
This video accompanies the second in a two-part series that highlights the people and programs of the Charter House Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing to people in need in and around Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has approved a “memorandum of agreement” with Vermont Gas Systems, a document that defines the town’s safety, security, traffic control, emergency training and management demands for the Phase I natural gas pipeline project if it is ultimately approved by the Vermont Public Service Board.
The selectboard voted, 5-1, on Oct. 8, with member Susan Shashok opposed and member Travis Forbes absent, to approve the memorandum of agreement.
Holley Burfoot-Rochford and Neil Benjamin were married in Holley’s hometown, East Middlebury, at the Waybury Inn this past Aug. 10.
After graduating from Northeastern University, Holley lived in California, Oregon and Indiana, where she received her master’s degree in social work. She made her way back to the East Coast, taking a job at Williams College as the assistant director of the children’s center.
BRISTOL — An architect/design firm has presented the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union School Board with three options for updating the 40-year old Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School building that are estimated to range in cost from $11.6 million to $26.9 million.
The board is seeking members of the public to serve on a committee that would investigate the options.