Rutland — In its final bid to take the national one-day record for blood collection, the city of Rutland did so — and then some. Tuesday's Gift of Life Marathon brought in 2337 pints of blood, besting the 1968-pint record set by Manchester, N.H., in 2011. Talk about a community coming together to get the job done!
Burlington political observers — Progressive Selene Colburn's entry into the race to represent Ward 1 on the Burlington City Council sets up another interesting competition in next March's city elections. Colburn will face Democrat Molly Loomis. That means at least two wards will see Dem-versus-Prog races and another two will see Dem-versus-Republican matches.
Dissent — House Speaker Shap Smith moved late last week to solidify Democratic control over the House Committee on Health Care, which has occasionally gone rogue when its independent, Progressive and Republican members have teamed up against the Dems. Smith's decision to replace Rep. John Mitchell (R-Fairfax) with newly anointed Rep. Kathy Hoyt (D-Norwich) not only gives Democrats more breathing room on an essential committee, but it provides Gov. Peter Shumlin with a close ally on the panel. Look for Hoyt, a two-time secretary of administration, to reemerge as a power player this winter.
Hot dog aficionados — Burlington has lost a Church Street icon. Lois Bodoky, known to most as "the hot dog lady," died this week at the age of 92, WCAX reported. Be sure to pour out some ketchup and mustard in her memory.