March 26th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday warned about the potential legal consequences of overhauling the state’s education finance system and expressed his priorities for a single-payer health care system that could be in place as soon as 2017.
Shumlin made his comments during an interview at the Addison Independent. The governor also appeared on Monday at a legislative luncheon at the Middlebury Legion (see related story on Page 1A) at which he was challenged on his support for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a first of its kind tele-town hall meeting Sunday, which will include a film screening followed by a question-and-answer session about income inequality in the United States.
“In my view, the issue of income and wealth inequality is the great moral, economic and political issue of our time,” Vermont’s junior senator said in an interview Monday.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer James L. Daily has confirmed he will retire from his position by early 2016, after what will have been 32 years at the helm of the county’s top health care organization that he has helped transform. Daily, 59, confirmed his planned departure through a recent letter to Porter employees.
He has pledged to participate actively in the leadership transition.
The Addison Independent next week will run a longer article on Daily’s time at the medical center.
BRISTOL — Organizers of the Bristol Green Playground Project say they need to raise an additional $25,000 to fully fund construction of a new playground on the town green.
The group, called the Bristol Green Playground Committee, hopes to raise the funds by the end of April.
MIDDLEBURY — Most of the dozen or so questions Gov. Peter Shumlin fielded at the Legislative Lunch at Middlebury’s American Legion hall on Monday dealt with the proposed natural gas pipeline that would bisect the county.
But in his limited time in Middlebury the governor also briefly touched upon:
•His hope to have all New England states raise their minimum wage rates to $10.10 per hour by 2017.
MIDDLEBURY — The Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM) is offering free tickets to middle and high school students for the Saturday, April 5, broadcast of “La Bohème” at the Town Hall Theater. This “Met in HD” performance will be broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The broadcast starts at1 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — An event this week will help draw closer connections between local farms and the school children they feed.
On March 27, the central Champlain Valley’s school community will come together for a day of inspiration, celebration and networking at the fifth annual Stone Soup Summit. Students, teachers, parents, administrators, farmers, food service managers, nurses and community volunteers will share stories of challenge and triumph and work in diverse groups to address the issues facing farm-to-school programs and school nutrition in our region.
BRANDON — More than 250 high school students from all over Vermont will travel to Otter Valley Union High School this Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, for the 2014 Vermont State Drama Festival.