January 10th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Bill Davies, moderator for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association's Legislative Breakfasts, brought some sad news to the first one of the season. Mary Paull, who founded the legislative breakfasts about 20 years ago, died last Wednesday.
Following a moment of silence, legislators discussed the numerous complex issues before them in the coming session.
NEWPORTâ€“ Plans were unveiled Monday afternoon for a variety of improvements and expansion plans for the Newport Airport in Coventry. The announcements included plans for a new manufacturing facility.
Guy Rouelle, the Vermont Aviation Administrator, and Patricia Sears, the Executive Director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, announced that a composite airplane manufacturing facility has its sights on land at the airport. Plans are hush hush, but a detailed announcement is expected in 45 to 60 days.
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.