Archive - Nov 13, 2006
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON COUNTY — Town officials planning budgets in some local communities got a small reprieve last week when the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) said the cost for the municipal health insurance would increase “only” 12 percent, instead of the 36 percent increase previously forecast.
Several Addison County communities — including Middlebury — buy their insurance through the VLCT Health Trust. The trust has in recent years done business with Blue Cross Blue Shield. But when that company announced a 36 percent increase to re-up for the current benefits package, the VLCT went searching for a more cost-effective proposal. The VLCT believes it has found a better buy in CIGNA.
“We are currently working with CIGNA to ensure that the plans we offer starting on Jan. 1, 2007, will provide your employees with comparable or better coverage than our current Blue Cross offerings,” reads a Nov. 8 letter from VLCT Executive Director Steven Jeffrey to member towns. “VLCT and CIGNA are fully committed to making this change in carriers proceed as smoothly as possible.”
By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY — With the 16-day rifle deer season getting under way this past Saturday, local and statewide numbers for October’s archery deer season and Youth Hunting Weekend on Nov. 4 and 5 had triggered optimism for area hunters.
During the Oct. 7-29 bow season hunters took 124 deer to Addison County’s eight major weigh stations, a 55-percent increase from the 2005 total of 80.
During this past youth weekend 123 younger hunters brought animals to county reporting stations to have them weighed, an increase of 26 deer over the 2005 weekend total of 97.
In all, the local combined take of youth weekend and the October bow season this fall was 247 deer, up by 40 percent of the 2005 combined total of 177.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Local activists have found a temporary home for a Middlebury youth center, and they will now turn their attention to finding money to hire a coordinator to staff the facility.
Members of the group Addison County Teens & Friends Inc. (ACT) on Nov. 6 hammered out an agreement with the Russ Sholes Senior Center to share space in that organization’s home located on the bottom floor of the Middlebury municipal building. ACT board member Emily Joselson said teens will soon be able to enjoy supervised activities in the center during late afternoons and evenings — times during which seniors are generally not using the space.
“We’re very excited to start a relationship with (the senior center),” Joselson said.