May 3rd, 2015
MONTPELIER — You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard. Or perhaps you’ve noticed salamanders crawling over rocks in a nearby stream. The arrival of spring brings the return of reptiles and amphibians to the Vermont landscape.
The frog calls you hear each spring are part of the animals’ breeding behavior, according to zoologist Mark Ferguson with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Editor’s note: This piece was contributed by University of Vermont Extension Professor Leonard Perry.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week confirmed that he and his sister have a verbal agreement to sell to Vergennes some riverfront land they own next to the city docks.
The price that Benton said he and City Manager Mel Hawley agreed upon remains undisclosed, but Benton said the figure is less than that pegged in an appraisal arranged by the Vergennes City Council.
Hundreds of Vermonters from across the state have apparently deluged state senators with the message not to tax their TV, apparently because they think their television service is an essential item and they couldn’t possibly afford any increase in rates.
Hundreds more have argued against extending the sales tax to soda, candy and bottled water, and major lobbying groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars opposing the initiative.
In two successive Addison Independent issues (April 20 and 23) there have been letters to the editor purportedly from students at Mt. Abraham Union Middle School expressing outrage at the widespread and unacceptable racial profiling.
I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to an Expanded Learning Opportunity program and H.391 is a great step toward that goal.
I feel compelled to comment on the horrific and untimely death of one of our upstanding community members, Kelly Boe. I cannot tell you how many times I have opened the paper to see that a driver with a number of DUIs is caught yet again driving with a suspended license! How many chances does a driver disobeying the laws have to make a decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and risk the lives of innocent people?
MIDDLEBURY — When the drama finally ended in Thursday’s high school softball game, visiting Mount Abraham had prevailed over Middlebury, 8-5, thanks first to a game-tying two-run rally in the top of the seventh inning and then a game-winning three-run rally in the top of the 10th.