January 9th, 2017
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott stood before the gathered assembly at the Statehouse inauguration this past Thursday and gave a heartfelt and impassioned speech that spoke to the changing tide he will bring to state government. It’s a tide that will bubble from the bottom up, he said, asking those in the front-line trenches to step forward with their solutions, and asking Vermonters at every level to buckle down, buck up and put their best foot forward.
Editor’s note: This is the first of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on impaired driving; the second on how to deal with “edible products,” and the third on cannabis tax policy. They will run in consecutive issues of the Addison Independent on Page 5.
RANDOLPH — Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will join journalist and activist Amy Goodman on stage at the Chandler Music Hall this Saturday for an evening of motivating and thought-provoking discussion.
The event will take place in Randolph on Jan. 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Both Vermont and the nation as a whole are in the midst of one of the worst epidemics in U.S. history. It’s an epidemic that has had dire consequences for nearly all aspects of living, most notably, and too often tragically, with the youth of Vermont. The rapidly declining health of our children is associated with our exploding opiate addiction, leads to the excessive medication of our kids and swamps our healthcare system. The good news is this epidemic is entirely reversible and within our immediate control.
This letter is to thank those who helped in the removal of the Salisbury Station “Swamp Road” bridge and the installation of the temporary bridge. We would like to thank Wright Construction from Mount Holly, Vt. for their diligence in the removal and disposal of the bridge remains.
NEW HAVEN — Naturalist Tina Scharf of Lincoln will give a talk in New Haven on Thursday about some of the reasons moose populations have declined across North America in the southern end of their range. She will also discuss how this phenomenon illustrates general concepts of population dynamics.
The Jan. 12 talk titled “Where Have All the Moose Gone?” will take place at the New Haven Town Hall, begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the Armchair Naturalist Speaker Series, sponsored by the New Haven Conservation Commission.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Players will hold auditions for the spring musical, Stephen Schwartz’s “Working,” on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Jan. 9-10.
Actors should arrive at Mary Hogan Elementary School between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to register for the auditions, which will run from 7-10 p.m. each night. If needed, callbacks will be held Thurs., Jan. 12.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Twilight Tails 4-H Club donated a basket of pet-related products to Homeward Bound, a local animal shelter in Middlebury, in conjunction with the recent Addison County 4-H Achievement Night. The club also made a basket for the Department of Children and Families in Middlebury. Other Addison County 4-H clubs that donated baskets to area organizations were Addison Flaming Manes and Critter Creek 4-H Club, Addison; Mountain View 4-H Club, Bridport; and New Haven Dairy, New Haven.