January 9th, 2012
MONTPELIER - The 2012 Legislative session is only a week old and Sens. Vince Illuzzi, R-Essex/Orleans, and Hinda Miller, D-Chittenden, are working on a bill that would make some changes to the healthcare reform bill enacted into law last year.
Â Illuzzi is concerned the 2011 law, which sets up the federally required health exchange, will effectively eliminate all but one insurance provider, leaving only Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Other private companies that have substantial health insurance businesses in Vermont, MVP and CIGNA, would most likely be forced out of the state.
James W. Chapman, Sr. of Holland, VT passed away on December 24, 2011. He was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1937.
Passionate and loving, he was the band director and music teacher at North Country Union High School for 17 years. He retired in March 2011 due to a massive stroke in August 2010, from which he had recovered quite well. In addition to teaching, his local activities included directing the Newport Community Band. During those years, he was the founder and conductor of the International Wind Symphony, which evolved into a solid entity in the community.
STOWEâ€“The North Country nordic teams headed to the Mount Mansfield Resort Nordic Center in Stowe on Friday.
Christina Cotnoir was in attendance and said that, "The weather was mild and the atmosphere was festive!Â The raceÂ went quickly due to the mass starts. It was fun to watch as the skiers started en mass, furiously double-poling to gain a good position on the narrow trail which wound into the woods. The next time the skiers appeared was on the top of aÂ hill. The spectators cheered all the skiers as they whizzed past us down the hill. Many spectacular crashesÂ kept it exciting."
HARDWICK â€“ This was the place to be Friday. Over 300 people from around the state and beyond came to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC), hosted by the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Northern Enterprises.
The event was packed with politicians and bustling with bureaucrats, but shaking hands and rubbing elbows with them was not the sole purpose for the gathering. Instead, people gathered as a new community and to congratulate each other on a job well done to get the facility to this point.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport woman got more than she bargained for when her soon to be ex-husband gave her a computer. April 12, 2010, Amanda Crickard and Daniel Kelley reported to Newport City Police that Ray Crickard, 52, of East Burke, had given them a computer that had pictures of naked girls ranging in ages from five to twelve. Kelley had found the pictures while browsing the computer.
Amanda Crickard said she and Ray, with the exception of their two young children, were the only ones who had access to the computer. Amanda Crickard said she didnâ€™t know the pictures had been downloaded.
LEBANON, N.H. - Republican candidates spent the weekend crisscrossing New Hampshire in a last minute attempt to sway voters before that stateâ€™s primary election tomorrow. One of those was Newt Gingrich who spoke to medical professionals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Friday morning.
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman visited DHMC last Tuesday.
The fundamental problems in Washington are deep and intellectually challenging and there needs to be conversations on how â€śweâ€ť approach things, Gingrich told a closed audience.
NEWPORTâ€“With a win now under their belt, the UCA boys came out and on their home court and made it two in a row, defeating Concord 56-41.
"Our overall effort was good, there was some laziness going on in the beginning, but we straightened that out in a hurry," said coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Whether it was due to laziness or not, both teams were having difficulty scoring out of the gate. Paul Saaman put up the first point when he went 1-2 from the line, and Concord came back to take their lone lead of the game with a two from Brody Young.