November 7th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — Having one’s driver’s license suspended can be the punishment that keeps on penalizing. Not having access to a vehicle for a substantial length of time can prevent the offender from getting to doctors’ appointments, to family events and — ironically — to a job to earn the money to pay off fines in order to have the driver’s license reinstated.
In autumn, when the trees are bare and the land can be read as easily as a book, the headstones curve and dip along the subtle contours of the hillside, the markers as precisely aligned with their neighbors as soldiers standing in formation. But unlike stones in practically every other cemetery in Vermont, none of these leans or lists, no matter winter’s violence. At the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Bob Durkee’s job is to see that they don’t.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen met on Tuesday night and formally accepted a petition from resident Jeff Margolis that calls for a citywide vote on whether Vergennes residents back or oppose the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline that would run through Vergennes and other Addison County communities.
After accepting the petition on Tuesday, aldermen set a Dec. 10 vote on whether residents agree with their support of the pipeline.
ADDISON COUNTY — Jean Fifield and Mary Smith are arguably two of the best delivery drivers in Addison County. What other food delivery driver will check your mail and even sit with you while you eat if you’d like company?
The pair delivers for the Champlain Valley Agency for Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers hot, nutritious lunches and suppers to seniors who are unable to prepare their own meals.
BARRE — Each Vermont History Expo has featured a Vermont artist. For Expo 2014, the Vermont Historical Society has chosen Anne Cady of New Haven. Her painting titled “Thanks for Helping” will be used as the signature artwork for Expo. Using art to represent Vermont History Expo is especially fitting this year, given that the Expo theme is “Artists and Artisans: Vermont’s Creative Heritage.”
MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny will help lead a citizens’ petition drive to ensure the 2014 Town Meeting Day ballot includes a bond vote for a new municipal building and a new recreation center.
Tenny announced the petition drive at a Middlebury selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening prior to the board’s revote on a term sheet between the town and Middlebury College outlining a town-gown collaboration on the two building projects.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board confirmed on Monday a Dec. 10 vote in which it will request backing from Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters for a $2.88 million bond to fund work that would include a basically new kitchen and cafeteria and upgrades to the school auditorium that would return it to full use.
I noticed something yesterday: Christmas is only seven weeks away.
I haven’t even put my garden hose away yet, so you might expect my reaction to be one of surprise and dismay.
Not this year.
Instead, I shocked myself by thinking, “Well, then, it’s about time I started planning for the holidays.”
This is new and different. And a little disturbing.