January 20th, 2014
STARKSBORO — Jeff Keeney’s patience for Vermont Health Connect, the state’s incarnation of the Affordable Care Act, has run out.
“I don’t believe anything from Vermont Health Connect,” Keeney said late last week. “They’ve been wrong every step of the way.”
BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Department on Saturday elected new officers at its annual meeting, and installed Brett LaRose as the new chief.
LaRose has been with the department since 1995. He replaces outgoing chief John “Peeker” Heffernan, who served as chief for six years. Heffernan on Tuesday expressed confidence in the department’s choice of LaRose.
“I think he’ll do a great job — he’s been doing hard work, and he deserves credit,” Heffernan said.
FERRISBURGH — Firefighters from 17 departments in the county dined together this past Wednesday evening during the Addison County Firefighters Association annual meeting at the Eagles Club and recognized fellow members for their service.
Looking out at the crowd of men and women clad in dress white or blue shirts tucked into crisp black pants, keynote speaker Michael Desrochers was impressed. The director of state Division of Fire Safety, where he has worked for 25 years, Desrochers said he was honored.
MIDDLEBURY — This Martin Luther King Day, over 100 Middlebury College students will raise their voices in tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “MLK Oratorio: A Celebration in Song, Speech, and Dance.” The program will be held at Mead Memorial Chapel on Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to college and community members alike.
MIDDLEBURY — Bonnie’s Book Foundation is partnering with Vermont Book Shop to collect used books for children without them in a special Jan. 20 book drive.
East Middlebury resident Amy Graham, vice president of Bonnie’s Books, and her sister Diana Graham are busy preparing for their book drive coming up on Monday that will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Not only can people drop off their gently used books, but also they can buy a new book from the book shop to donate.
ADDISON COUNTY — In the act of raising one’s voice in song, people can experience the “powerful, spiritual and joyful” vibes that music offers, Middlebury Union High School chorus teacher Elizabeth LeBeau says. Those benefits are not limited to the youngsters at the high school, but are also enjoyed by adults, such as the women who participate in the Maiden Vermont chorus.
BRISTOL — They say the early bird catches the worm.
Fred Baser hopes that old adage applies to politics, as the Bristol Republican on Thursday became one of the first candidates to confirm a run for the Vermont House this November.
FERRISBURGH — Denecker Chevrolet co-owner Tom Denecker said last week his pending $350,000 purchase of land owned by Ferrisburgh at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A is going well, and he also confirmed he has a prospective purchaser or tenant for the 14 North Main St., Vergennes, branch of his existing dealership.
And the Vergennes Development Review Board on Dec. 30 approved an application for a proposed new business in what is now primarily Denecker Chevrolet’s service and parts branch: Neil’s Family Market, a grocery store.