June 10th, 2016
MONTPELIER — The state Legislature emerged from a marathon special session on Thursday with an amended version of a renewable energy siting bill that had been vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin on June 6.
The governor said on Friday that he would sign the bill, known as S.260, designed to give more local control over the siting of solar projects to communities that develop energy plans that are consistent with the state’s long-term renewable energy goals.
MIDDLEBURY — Go figure.
Folks are waiting in line for a chance to score some debris from a soon-to-be-demolished Middlebury municipal office complex that has been described by some as an eyesore and a money pit.
MONKTON — Retiring Monkton Central School teacher Suzy Way is planning big adventures in the coming years, including travel to places like Egypt, Morocco, England, Brazil and Germany. That same sense of adventure, enthusiasm for broader horizons and eagerness to learn about new things and new places lights up in her eyes when she talks about her students.
“They’re always eager to learn about the world,” said Way.
MIDDLEBURY — Usually we say that the kids are “going away to college” because they’re doing just that: going away and leaving their parents behind. Not so for Caitlin McCluskey, who this past Saturday graduated from Community College of Vermont alongside her mother, Angela McCluskey.
While the two Cornwall residents have not actually attended class together during their time at CCV, Angela, 46, says the opportunity to graduate with her 20-year-old daughter is a reward in itself and a signifier of the close relationship between the two.
BRANDON/LEICESTER/SALISBURY/GOSHEN/PITTSFORD — It’s been a year since the area’s mosquito control district raised the idea of buying an amphibious vehicle to apply larvicide in swamp areas. Now, that notion is a reality, thanks to some help from interested parties.
VERGENNES — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reopened the contract to operate Northlands Job Corps for new bidders. On Thursday, June 9, interested parties will inspect the federal job-training center on Macdonough Drive, and could conduct additional research there and in Vergennes in the days to come.
Current operator CHP International, the Illinois company that has operated the center for the past 30 months under contract with the DOL, will seek to stay on board, according to a letter sent last week to community members and the Independent.
MIDDLEBURY — The following Middlebury businesses will be participating in “2nd Fridays in Middlebury” this week on June 10, from 5-7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The listed business will offer extended hours and special exhibits or art performances.
• Edgewater Gallery on the Green. Opening reception for “Back Roads and Country Places,” works by Janis Sanders.
• Sarah Wesson Studio. Oils and watercolors. Follow the signs on the second floor of 10 Merchants Row.
STARKSBORO — The historic Starksboro Village Meeting House returns to the 1860s on Sunday, June 12, at 11 a.m. Chaplain Michael Blakeslee of the Second Vermont Volunteer Infantry, accompanied by Lois Burbank, will lead a recreation of a typical Civil War-era church service.
During the 1860s the meeting house was the center of the community of Starksboro. Many Starksboro Civil War soldiers enlisted in that very building, and while the upper floor held regular Sunday services, the lower level functioned as a town meeting hall.