July 14th, 2011
Here’s the disconnect on the issue of the hour: Fewer than one in four Americans think that raising the debt ceiling is necessary to avoid a national economic crisis, according to a recent Gallop poll.
Only 10 years ago, I was a self-described whiner when it came to my rooting interests on the professional sports scene. Having spent most of my life in New England, I rooted for the New England-area sports teams. That meant the Massachusetts-based Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.
Entering this millennium, rooting for those aforementioned teams (with the possible exception of the Celtics) meant wearing a big loser “L” on my forehead at any gathering of sports enthusiasts.
MIDDLEBURY — As children, three members of the band Chamberlin enjoyed playing on Middlebury’s gazebo during the town’s annual Festival on-the-Green, often entirely unaware of the music being played. This year, they came back to play again — this time on the stage.
Life sometimes requires making adjustments.
So does fishing. Some of the adjustments are small. Some less small. But large or small, a failure to adjust can result, well, in failure.
Yesterday morning, the second to last day of family vacation in Maine, I headed out to spend a couple hours fishing a nearby stream. It is a stream I know well, and have fished dozens of times over the past 35 years.
MIDDLBEURY — The Middlebury selectboard recently set a 2011-2012 residential property tax rate of $2.5223 per $100 in property value, representing a 4-cent decrease compared to the tax year that ended June 30.
Officials attributed the decrease in large part to schools holding the line on expenses.
Proof I’m not a good gardener: I’m afraid of my tomatoes.
It’s not the kind of hair-trigger fear that enables me to leap backwards over a 6-foot tall row of beans when I see a spider. It’s more of a low-grade foreboding of things to come later in the summer. I have too many tomato plants and I’m scared.
ADDISON COUNTY — Energy specialists across Addison County, like Ferrisburgh Energy Committee Chairman Bob McNary, have waited years for something to make solar technology more accessible to their friends and neighbors. Now, McNary and others believe that the something has arrived in the form of a new deal that cuts the cost of a solar thermal hot water system in half for county residents.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard is exploring the possibility of moving the annual meeting of the Bristol police district from its usual late May date to the annual Town Meeting Day in March. The change could take place as soon as next year.
At their Monday meeting, selectboard members discussed the idea with Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, who supports the move.