January 26th, 2012
It seems like just yesterday that Middlebury College’s “Self Reliance” solar-powered house headed down to Washington, D.C., to compete in the biennial Solar Decathlon competition. The Middlebury kids last fall claimed fourth place overall in an international field of entries.
The U.S. Department of Energy today released its picks for the 2013 round of the highly selective competition, and Middlebury College once again made the cut.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials have grown accustomed to looking under rocks and cushions for even the most minute revenues to soften the property tax impact of the annual municipal budget.
On Tuesday, officials discovered a pile of cash — approximately $1.5 million — in surplus funds that will in the short-term assure no rise in the municipal tax rate while unleashing an interesting debate among town residents on how the financial windfall should be allocated in the long-term.
ESSEX JUNCTION — Farmers, policymakers and consumers took a detour from their usual route to the annual Vermont Farm Show this week.
The 78th annual show, which officials said is the largest in Vermont’s history, is being staged at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. To accommodate rising demand for event space, the Tuesday-to-Thursday show was moved to Essex Junction after more than 60 years in Barre.
BRISTOL — It’s not unusual to see four students lingering late in Jim Brown’s technology education room at Mount Abraham Union High School, putting the finishing touches on an intricately welded steel contraption as the semester winds down.
MIDDLEBURY — Recent elections for the Middlebury selectboard have gone wanting for candidates.
Not this year.
Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day ballot will feature six candidates vying for three vacancies on the selectboard, races that will include three incumbents and several familiar faces.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday approved a roughly $1.619 million town budget for fiscal year 2013, but on Town Meeting Day Ferrisburgh voters will have the option of adding up to $79,000 to that bottom line.
The selectboard’s spending proposal does not include about $29,000 of charitable donations that Ferrisburgh residents typically back in March, plus two articles that would create capital funds: $30,000 for the town’s fire department and $30,000 for the public works department.
MIDDLEBURY — In 1996, Robert Gold was blind sided by oncoming pickup truck as he sat at an intersection in Manchester, N.H. The accident left him with traumatic brain injuries that ended his lucrative dental practice and drove friends and family away.
But the accident gave Gold, now a Middlebury resident, a second life as a self-taught artist. Although he can no longer wield the tools of his former trade, Gold has turned to a vocation where he combines photography and painting to create works of beauty in a unique style.
MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board is considering a comprehensive makeover of Mary Hogan Elementary School’s recreation areas, an initiative boosters will likely complete in phases using grants, donations and volunteer labor.
David Raphael, principal of Middlebury-based LandWorks, on Monday presented Middlebury’s ID-4 board with some ideas for replacing the aging-but-popular Kidspace apparatus while adding some new amenities and landscaping.
The board liked what it saw, according to ID-4 board Chairwoman Karen Lefkoe.