MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 students, faculty and staff stood, silently, arms raised in front of Mead Chapel on the campus of Middlebury College Monday afternoon.
The time was 1:01 p.m., the same time of day that Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of the 18-year-old black man reignited a national discussion on racism and police brutality, especially after a grand jury last week declined to bring charges against the officer, Darren Wilson.
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s been another busy year for solar firms in Vermont, and Addison County will host some of the state’s largest arrays.
As of Dec. 1, the Public Service Board had issued Certificates of Public Good to 138 projects across the state, ranging from small rooftop units to multi-acre solar arrays. Twenty-six projects are located in Addison County.
These figures don’t include residential-size projects of less than 15 kilowatts, which do not need a CPG.
BRANDON — Four-year-old Renata Hopkins came running up to her guest with a giggle, and a joke
“If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?” she asked, barely able to contain herself.
“Pilgrims!” she exclaimed with a laugh, and ran into the hallway to find the family’s 20-pound orange Tabby cat, Such-Much.
Want to know how to keep property taxes for school spending down and avoid the projected two-cent hike recently projected by state officials?
In theory, it’s not that hard: just keep local spending per pupil the same as last year.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Norwich held on for a 55-49 victory over the Middlebury College women’s basketball team on Tuesday evening, holding off a late Panther rally to improve to 5-1.
The Panthers dropped to 4-2 heading into a pair of weekend home games that will conclude their first-semester play: They will host Alfred State at 6 p.m. on Friday and Skidmore at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Skidmore game is part of a doubleheader, as the undefeated Middlebury men will host the Thoroughbreds at 4 p.m. following the women’s game.
MIDDLEBURY — On Dec. 5 and 6 the Middlebury College men’s hockey team will be helping the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE). Admission to these two hockey games will be free, but hockey team supporters are hoping that all in attendance will bring a children’s game, canned fruits or canned vegetables and contribute a voluntary $5 admission. This will help make Christmas a little brighter for those in need.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.
It’s the same every year: One day in December we head out to the tree farm, where we tromp through the freshly fallen snow until we find the perfect tree. We cut it, tie it to the roof of the car and sing “Jingle Bells” all the way home.
We set up the tree in the corner of the living room, drape it with lights and decorate it, drinking hot cocoa while holiday music plays in the background.
Midway between the November elections and the start of the Vermont legislative hunting season, the question on most political observers’ minds is this: Will Gov. Shumlin get his groove back?
On the answer to that question hangs the fate of liberals’ hopes for statewide action on healthcare reform, climate change and property tax relief.