The first month of 2014 saw local selectboards and school boards fine-tune their 2014-2015 budget proposals for Town Meeting Day. In Addison, school directors in January put the finishing touches on a budget that reflected a reduction of 1.5 teaching positions. Vergennes Union High School directors were working to pare down the impact of a budget draft that, if approved, could trigger a 20-percent increase in the VUHS portion of the property tax rates of the five sending towns. Ferrisburgh Central School directors drafted a spending plan calling for an 11 percent increase.
FERRISBURGH — A neighbor is requesting that the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) reconsider the Certificate of Public Good the board issued to the Basin Harbor Club for a 150-kilowatt solar array at 4800 Basin Harbor Road.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for children to announce what they’d like to be when they grow up, such as a fireman, pro athlete or even astronaut.
Jack Mayer decided in 7th grade that he was not only going to be a physician, he was going to be a pediatrician.
“I always felt a calling to work with kids,” Mayer said.
And Mayer dutifully met his calling, serving thousands of children during a career that has spanned four decades.
ORWELL — Before the Christmas break, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Orwell Village School sent eggs flying, juiced carrots, concocted silly putty in plastic bags and subjected plants to the effects of acid rain.
It was all for the sake of science.
MONTPELIER — The Department of Public Service in December announced it will make changes to the state’s renewable energy program in an attempt to encourage solar growth while protecting ratepayers.
With the Legislature in its upcoming session also likely to update laws that encourage more renewable energy in the Green Mountain State, Vermonters can expect to see continuing efforts to nurture solar power in 2015, though with a slightly different flavor.
Next Thursday, the second day of the 2015 legislative session, one of the legislators’ first tasks will likely be their most important vote of the biennium: to decide whether Gov. Peter Shumlin will return to a third term or whether Republican Scott Milne would unseat him in a vote of the Legislature.
Between noon on Thursday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, I accomplished nothing.
I therefore count this as the best Christmas ever.
Unlike most families, we don’t do much after Christmas morning, which we spend opening gifts, drinking coffee and devouring a braided cinnamon Christmas bread like zombies eating brains.