August 27th, 2015
ORWELL — The breakfast crowd at Pam’s Country Kitchen in Orwell found the pancakes to have a slightly bittersweet taste on Monday morning.
No, Pam LaDuc’s batter and the Vermont maple syrup were, as usual, on point.
It’s just that the regular customers — some of whom have been eating at the folksy diner on Main Street three or four times a week for more than a decade — knew that their go-to hub for good grub and gossip would be closing its doors for good after the last of Monday’s java had been drained from the pot.
MIDDLEBURY — A woman who knew Kenneth Najarian, the bicyclist who was killed when a car driven by Holly Gonyeau struck him on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh on June 17, said she doesn’t buy the story that Najarian’s actions contributed to the tragic crash.
MIDDLEBURY — The state and national health care systems are changing at warp speed, and new Porter Medical Center (PMC) President Lynn Boggs is determined to make sure that Addison County’s community hospital isn’t left in the dust.
Boggs, during a Monday interview with the Independent as she rounds out the first two months of her tenure, outlined an ambitious agenda that includes preparation of long-range facilities and strategic plans to help guide Porter through the next two decades.
MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) on Wednesday, Aug. 26, was scheduled to review a proposed fiscal year 2016 Porter Medical Center (PMC) budget of $77,254,719, representing a 3.1 percent increase in spending that among other things reflects a bigger commitment in helping opiate addicts, an ongoing investment in health care technology, and the refinancing of the organization’s debt at a more favorable rate.
Editor’s note: On Aug. 17, at least 20 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a bombing at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. Gregory James Supernovich of Cornwall, who is living and working in Bangkok for a year, was a patient at Chulalongkorn Hospital, a mile away from the shrine, at the time of the blast. He wrote the following essay about his experience.
By GREGORY JAMES SUPERNOVICH
BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union welcomed 44 new employees at its Brandon office and throughout its schools: Otter Valley Union Middle/High School, Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, Leicester Central School, Whiting Elementary School, Sudbury Country School, Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden and Lothrop Elementary School in Pittsford.
MANCHESTER — A celebratory luncheon was held on July 26 at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, on Sunday, July 26, to honor Susanne Rappaport posthumously and Jane Beck. Rappaport’s award was accepted on her behalf by her lifelong friend Eileen Travell.
The Hildene Award is given annually to Vermonters who have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of land conservation and/or historic preservation. Collectively Rappaport and Beck have dedicated nearly 100 years to preserving the stories, traditions and legacies of Vermonters.
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — A record 26 boats, hailing from Canada to southern Lake Champlain, took part in the third annual Diamond Island Regatta on Saturday, Aug. 22. The benefit race, sponsored by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina (PBM), raised more than $1,000 for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) in Ferrisburgh.