April 8th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Local planning and economic development officials on Wednesday were lobbying hard against proposed state budget cuts they said could dramatically affect their ability to deliver services in Addison County.
The Legislature and the Douglas administration in January agreed to jointly seek $38 million in budget cuts to help shore up a $154 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2011 budget.
BRANDON — It remains to be seen whether New England Woodcraft will buy or lease the former Neo EMS building on Prospect Street in Brandon, but plans to expand the company’s operations at that location are moving forward.
Faced with the challenge of cutting $38 million in its Challenges for Change proposal, the Douglas administration finally provided a hint as to where that $38 million would be cut last week. Among the details, the administration suggested $3.4 million be cut from the Unified Economic Development Budget, which includes a number of departments and agencies such as the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Agency of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Tourism, and others. Few object to the cuts, but where those cuts must be made has rankled those most affected.
Editor’s note: Dr. Morris Earle Jr. is a Middlebury pediatrician who last weekend returned from 11 days working in the international disaster relief effort in Haiti. He and his wife Lynn Luginbuhl worked for seven months in Haiti previously. While in Haiti this time, he worked alongside Suzanne Germain, a nurse practitioner from Lincoln, and her daughter Rachel Clark, who worked with the Vermont Medical Response Teams in Haiti from March 17-31. Earle, a medical doctor with a master’s in public health, shares a somewhat different view on the Haitians’ response to the Jan.
Entergy’s decision Monday to nix plans to spin off six nuclear reactors, including Vermont Yankee, into a separate company that would be overburdened with debt is a welcome step forward in the state’s discussion about extending Vermont Yankee’s permit in 2012 by another 20 years. The spin-off proposal was widely criticized as a ploy to create an under-funded corporation (Enexus) that would have been more likely to default on decommissioning costs, while allowing Entergy to dodge those expenses at plants in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Michigan.
BRISTOL — Proponents and opponents of a gravel pit near the Bristol village met again this week in the latest chapter of a years-long fight over a proposed 26-acre excavation project off of Rounds Road.
After two separate applications for town zoning permits and several appeals to the state environmental court, the wheels are beginning to turn in a hearing to determine whether or not the proposed gravel pit conforms with Act 250, the state’s Land Use and Development Act.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School softball fans on Monday got their first look at a new era in the program — several of the athletes who helped the Otters win the Division II title a year ago graduated, including ace hurler Ashley Sanderson and four-year starting second baseman Sam Hansen.
OV coach Pattie Candon saw her team play excellent defense against visiting D-I Brattleboro, but said her team did a little too much looking, too.
If you’d asked me what Easter meant when I was younger, I probably would have said that it had something to do with a six-foot-tall rabbit bringing cheap, foil-wrapped chocolate candies in a basket.