August 29th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Former Gov. James Douglas may be retired from politics, but he has no problem staying busy.
The Middlebury Republican, now eight months removed from office, is settling into a new life that includes such luxuries as spare time, more time with his family, the ability to finally drive himself to places and the flexibility to dress-down if he wants to.
But old habits are hard to break.
BRANDON — Muffie Harvey is thrilled to be leading the Otter Valley boys’ varsity soccer team, and by all accounts the team is thrilled to have her.
Harvey was named head coach by OV Athletic Director Sumner Erbe earlier this month, and the player and parents had a lot to do with the selection of the Forest Dale resident for the job.
“I was told that they spoke up on my behalf, and I am forever grateful for that,” Harvey said. “I am very grateful to get this position.”
Help wanted: Independent-minded resident willing and unafraid to devote hours of community service time to lay the foundation for a stronger Middlebury. Challenges: to imagine new opportunities for the town in changing times, and convince residents and community leaders to see each issue as an opportunity, not an obstacle. When and what: to fill the mid-year vacancy of Middlebury Selectwoman Janelle Ashley, who is relocating to Whiting. Compensation: pats on the back for a job well done, and knowledge that you’ve helped your community.
MIDDLEBURY — Three years after the Legislature passed Act 92, the Vermont Energy Efficiency and Affordability Act, the state is not on pace to reach the act’s goal of improving energy efficiency in 25 percent of Vermont homes (roughly 80,000) by 2020.
Instead, the state is likely to fall short of this goal by 28,000 homes.
LINCOLN — Young scientists from across the globe will join forces at the fifth International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) in Modena, Italy, next month to help solve some Italian environmental problems.
Two key members of the U.S. team are familiar faces in Addison County: Mount Abraham Union High School physics teacher Tom Tailer and team member Kenny Micklas, a rising senior at Mount Abe and a Lincoln resident.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday dipped into a little-used city fund to help a needy nursing home resident, and also they also gave City Clerk Joan Devine greater authority in the future to use the money to give other deserving Vergennes residents a helping hand.
City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen the Donnelly Fund was created in the 1940s in memory of former Vergennes resident John Donnelly. Started with $5,000, the fund was intended “to be used for the care of the worthy poor,” he said.
BRISTOL — Those seeking to establish a federally subsidized health clinic in Bristol are looking for new funds after learning that a federal grant won’t come through this year.
The Five Town Health Alliance (5THA) had sought $650,000 to outfit a Federally Qualified Health Center, or FQHC, and pay the salaries of administrative staff. But due to late-April budget cuts, manifest in legislation known as a continuing resolution, the pool of money available for FQHCs was cut by almost one quarter.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are investigating two separate incidents of grand larceny from this past week in Bristol — one at Four Hills Farm and another at Lathrop Forest Products — and they may have a suspect for the Four Hills theft.
The farm reported to VSP that three of its Honda ATVs were stolen early on Wednesday, Aug. 24, between the hours of 1 and 3 a.m. Although the farm family members initially told the police that four ATVs were stolen, they later realized that only three were missing.