May 10th, 2009
The nation’s biggest banks just don’t get it. After spending billions of dollars bailing out the nation’s financial sector, including many of the nation’s largest banks, President Obama has requested Congress send him legislation to limit the sudden rate hikes and hidden fees banks are piling on credit card users. Have they no shame?
Take all the bad news of the past year, roll it into a single package and what do you get? Ample cause for indigestion.
Want a tonic?
State budget talks broke down between legislative leaders and Gov. Douglas on Tuesday, tossing the Democratic leadership and the governor into a game of political chicken. The Democrats declared they would likely send out a budget of their own making and leave it to the governor to veto.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — The owners of Vergennes grocery the Fat Hen, which offered locally grown and organic food, closed its doors on April 12. But an effort to re-create the business as a co-op could soon revive it as a downtown shopping option.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
BRISTOL — According to some number-crunching students at Mt. Abraham Union High School, the count of plastic bags that Vermonters use each year is staggeringly high — somewhere in the neighborhood of roughly 180 million bags, in fact.
“And that’s a conservative estimate,” said Mt. Abe physics teacher Tom Tailer.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Two separate groups sparring over the future of Salisbury’s Shard Villa elder care home arrived at a court settlement on Monday that calls for the current board of directors to resign and for the installation of a new slate of leaders that will try to navigate the historic institution through some very choppy financial waters.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School softball team rode hot bats to a 13-8 win over visiting South Burlington on Tuesday, improving to 4-1 by getting hits from every member of the lineup.
By Karl Lindholm
I saw The Bird before he was The Bird.
Here’s the story:
Many years ago (early 1970s), my good friend Jim was the basketball coach at Auburn High outside Worcester, Mass. Home in New England for a visit, I stopped to visit Jim and Candy on the night of the big hoop tilt between Auburn and Algonquin Regional High.