August 2nd, 2010
FERRISBURGH — Work to install 186 non-reflective, 10-foot-high solar panels along Route 7 next to Vergennes Union High School could begin as soon as September, according to the owner of the 16-acre parcel that will house what he said will be, at least for a time, the largest such project north of New Jersey.
Burlington developer Ernie Pomerleau, longtime owner of the Ferrisburgh tract along Route 7’s west side, is a principal investor in the project, known as Addison Solar Farm.
The District Environmental Commission’s quick denial of an Act 250 permit for the proposed Lathrop gravel pit near downtown Bristol laid out the basic issues in clear detail, but seemingly with the assumption that an appeal was likely. That’s just being smart. Appeals often follow on the heels of such a significant denial. After all, the applicants have been battling with citizen-opponents for going on seven years, and it’s hard for the losing side to simply admit all that effort was for naught.
CORNWALL — My wife Lisa and I have just returned from a two-week trip to England, where we spent July 15 to 24 in Manchester watching the World Lacrosse Championships.
After Trent Roleau, 21, graduates from Vermont Technical College next year, he hopes to start a small-scale diversified farm on a property owned by his parents near where he grew up in Lincoln. Roleau's parents own Isham Brook Farm, and Trent grew up caring for pigs, collecting maple sap every spring and competing in draft horse competitions around New England.
BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Little League baseball 10- and 11-year-old all-stars on Tuesday defeated South Burlington, 10-8, to claim the District I title.
The Middlebury team — consisting of players from Middlebury, Weybridge, Cornwall, Shoreham, Leicester and Bridport — earned a berth in this weekend’s state championship tournament in St. Johnsbury.
BISTOL — The efforts by the Lathrop Limited Partnership and Jim Lathrop to site a gravel pit on a 65-acre tract off Notch Road and Rounds Road in Bristol were dealt a setback on Tuesday when the District 9 Environmental Commission denied the project an Act 250 permit.
The commission ruled the proposal, which has been tied up in permitting and litigation for around seven years, “would cause and result in a detriment to public health, safety or general welfare.”
MIDDLEBURY — There was a time when Peter Shumlin wasn’t sure he would make it out of high school, let alone aspire to the state’s highest office.
Shumlin, the Vermont Senate President Pro Tem, recalled being called into his elementary school principal’s office along with his parents. There, school administrators reported that young Peter wasn’t cutting it, and that perhaps he should be steered toward non-academic pursuits.