October 10th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Niedzielski’s husband, Randy, was 55 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000. He died six years later after a great deal of suffering and after making a final request of his wife: Help their home state of Washington pass a law to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives.
“He didn’t want anyone else to suffer like he did,” Niedzielski said.
MIDDLEBURY — Sara Nesson was a student at the University of Vermont during the late 1990s when she developed an interest in the stories of Iraq War veterans living in Burlington.
That experience led her to Robynn Murray, a teenager from upstate New York who joined the U.S. Army in 2003 as an enthusiastic recruit and returned from a tour in Iraq at age 20 fighting a personal war against the ravages of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
CORNWALL — Route 30 has always been a popular road for cyclists and joggers wanting to mix exercise with an appreciation of breathtaking vistas. But the narrowness of the road and the speed of the vehicles that travel it long made it a risky recreational proposition for people on two feet or two wheels.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents on Friday will celebrate their town’s 250th birthday with dessert and a sweet new movie chronicling their community’s history through vintage photos and testimonials from some of their most venerable neighbors.
BRISTOL — Many Bristol residents have repeatedly demanded the town have more geological information about Bristol’s eastern conservation zone before extraction in the area is permitted.
BRISTOL — For years, the Bristol selectboard has resisted the idea of allowing town officials to carry town credit cards, but those days might be over.
Town Clerk and Treasurer Therese Kirby explained to the Independent that officials have long fronted their own money to pay for town expenses while they wait to be reimbursed, but that can’t continue, she said.
When Kirby applied for one town credit card to fix this problem, she found out that was not possible.
VERGENNES — In a Friday game that both sides badly wanted, with a minute to go in regulation it looked like the Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team would snap its five-game winless streak: The host Commodores had rallied to lead Middlebury, 2-1.
But the Tigers were also hungry: At 1-4-3, they had already lost two one-goal games and two others by two goals.
Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public’s court
As legislative committees meet to prepare agendas for the upcoming session, one piece of legislation deserves consideration and the opportunity for a vote. The issue, known as death-with-dignity, is no stranger to House committees over the past two sessions, but has never been brought to a vote of the full body nor has it been introduced in the Senate.