June 20th, 2011
Former state Senator Gerry Gossens, a Salisbury Democrat, nailed it when he said of the draft redistricting plan for the 150 seats in the House submitted last week: “I believe it is wrong, with the months we’ve spent and the money we’ve spent, to submit a plan that we know will not be acceptable and probably won’t even be taken seriously.”
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Pushing pedal over pedal, I trudged ahead on my bike through pouring sheets of frigid rain. My cold, drenched clothes weighed me down, but I forged on through last Saturday’s doom and gloom to photograph Mount Abe’s graduation.
Jo Birnaum and a number of other Lodge at Otter Creek residents have organized an art show featuring 84 works by residents and staff. Check out our audio slideshow featuring the art and some of the artists, then read more about it in this article. The show is up until June 20.
Middlebury Union High School, Mount Abraham Union High School, Vergennes Union High School and Otter Valley Union High School all held their graduation ceremonies last weekend. Smiles, laughter, tears and music filled the air as the class of 2011 walked across the stage. To catch a glimpse of the seniors' final high school moments, explore the slideshow below.
Head to our topic page for full graduation coverage.
Trent Campbell, Lee Kahrs and Keith Darwin photographed the graduations.
We go in-depth on local high school graduations and catch up with some recent graduates in our annual "Where are they now?" feature. For more graduation coverage, head to our Graduation 2011 page.
MIDDLEBURY — The state’s top Democrats converged on Middlebury this Tuesday to exhort the party faithful to keep pressing for a single-payer health care system, the foundation for which was laid during the 2011 legislative session.
ADDISON COUNTY — Slugging Middlebury Union High School junior catcher Mattea Bagley repeats as the Independent's Softball Player of the Year and headlines the 2011 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team.
At least two athletes from each of the four local teams are recognized here after a season in which Mount Abraham, Otter Valley, MUHS and Vergennes probably didn’t finish as well as hoped, but all still accomplished something positive.
Supporters of Vermont’s successful push for health care reform this past legislative session championed the single-payer system toward universal care based on the belief that “health care is a right, not a privilege.” In a similar vein, Gov. Peter Shumlin and our legislative leaders must embrace the notion that “strong community hospitals are also a right, and not a privilege for the state’s largest and wealthiest communities.”