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COVID-19 has altered many traditions, and town meeting is no different. This year, the bake sales, community potlucks and in-person floor votes characteristic of the day aren’t safe. So towns and their residents have had to adapt.

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Senate To Consider Driver's Licenses For Migrant Workers

Apr 2, 2013

The Vermont Senate will soon consider allowing immigrant farm workers to get state driver's licenses.

The Senate Transportation Committee last week moved out a bill that would do just that by a vote of 4-to-1.

Vermont dairy farms employ an estimated 1,500 Mexican farm workers, many of whom are here illegally.

They say without drivers licenses, they are often isolated in rural areas.

The bill would allow them to get driver's licenses if they have proper documentation.

Derby Recreation Center Closes

Apr 2, 2013

An indoor community recreation center in Derby has closed due to financial problems.

Indoor Recreation of Orleans known as IROC in Derby was taken over by the bank on Sunday after failing to pay its mortgage.

The chairman of the board and executive director said he hopes that the facility can be purchased and continue serving the entire community.

The center has a pool, skating rink, gym and offered fitness and recreation programs, as well as basketball, volleyball and soccer leagues.

FAHC Wants To Convert To Only Single Rooms

Apr 2, 2013

Vermont's largest hospital is considering expanding, so it can offer most of its patients private rooms.

Fletcher Allen Health Care wants state permission to build 48 new patient rooms in a new two-story building. Cost estimates run up to $85 million.

The hospital is planning to submit its application for the planning phase within the next few weeks. Once the planning is done, the hospital could apply for permission to construct the building.

A spokesman for the hospital says the goal is to make sure 90 percent of the hospital's patients are in private rooms.

The principal of Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg is the finalist in the search for a new superintendent of schools in Winooski.

Sean McMannon will meet with teachers, parents, students and the Winooski School Board on Thursday.

Another finalist was picked and scheduled to meet the school community but dropped out of the running last week.

Yutaka Tamura of a Boston Charter School told the Burlington Free Press that he decided to stay there.

Bob Northrop devoted his life to support a variety of Vermont institutions.He was best known for his efforts to protect the Long Trail. Northrop hiked the trail end to end many times over the years, most notably in 2001 at the age of 80.

Northrop died this weekend at his home in Underhill.He was 92.

Northrop was born in Massachusetts. He went to Middlebury College in the early 1940s and after enlisting in the Army during the Second World War, attended college in New York and at the University of Vermont.

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Vermont became the first state on Monday to publish the rates it would charge people who don't currently have health insurance to get coverage - a key step toward establishing the health exchanges that are central to the federal health care law known as Obamacare.

Under the proposed rates, the amount that individuals would pay every month would vary from $360 for the most basic package to more than $600 for the most comprehensive.

A school in Hanover is being tested for the presence of a chemical that was used as a refrigerant at a nearby laboratory.

Richmond Middle School sits across the road from the U-S Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

The chemical trichloroethylene was used as a refrigerant at the lab from the 1960s until 1987.

Officials say TCE has been found at trace levels on the lab grounds, but recent testing hasn't found any unsafe levels of the vapor at the school.

April showers bring out more than May flowers. They also signal the return of frog and salamander populations, including Vermont's iconic spring peepers. But increased development can mean more hazardous migrations for native amphibians.

After a long week debating budgets, taxes and renewable energy siting policies, Senate and House lawmakers can take a breath as they return to their committees this week to discuss a wide range of topics.The House Judiciary Committee will continue to take testimony on a measure that would decriminalize the poss

One of the concepts we hear about in the effort to improve our health care system is the idea of a patient-centered medical home.

Traditionally, a patient's health might be managed based on whatever ailment prompted an office visit. A medical home, by contrast, takes the person's major health issues into account as a more holistic idea. It requires the entire office staff to be involved in anticipating what care and information that patient will need. It's that anticipation that's one of the key differences that makes a medical home work.

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