April 29th, 2010
LINCOLN — The Lincoln selectboard is expected to approve a new version of the town plan next month, paving the way for the town’s planning commission to forge ahead with long-awaited changes to Lincoln zoning regulations.
The selectboard has scheduled a final public hearing on the plan for May 18 at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln town clerk’s office. The hearing comes after the board mistakenly voted to adopt the plan earlier this spring, but realized soon after that they hadn’t scheduled the formal final hearing necessary to adopt the plan.
GRANVILLE — In two special meetings this past Monday, Granville voters approved a school budget and plans for a new town office, both decisions they had postponed on Town Meeting Day.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday voted unanimously to sign the deed that will give the city ownership of 11.22 acres of land near Vergennes Union High School, land that houses the city’s recreation facilities, including the Vergennes pool.
The land had been owned by the Vergennes ID school board, and the pool had been maintained by a volunteer committee. The city is now taking over that task and has been planning to do so in recent months.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County District Court jury on Tuesday could not reach agreement on a verdict on a felony charge in the case of a Goshen man who was accused one year ago of shooting and wounding the estranged husband of a woman with whom he had become involved.
The plan was to get out of Dodge for a few days, escape the Vermont bubble — where all is beautiful and quiet and friendly — and see how the rest of the world lives.
He was headed to Washington, D.C., to visit friends and escape Mud Season.
He always found it fun to see who’s on the plane during flights between Washington and Burlington.
Again this time, he wasn’t disappointed. Waiting for his US Airways flight to board, he saw Sen. Patrick Leahy disembarking from the jetway.
The five-way race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination will be the most interesting contest in Vermont’s Aug. 24 primary election. Nearly as interesting will be the race between Phil Scott and Mark Snelling for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
Funny how age kind of creeps up on you. And in my house, people are starting to think my age is getting kind of funny. My brother will turn 50 this year, and I am very close on his heels.
Hadn’t given much thought to my internal odometer until earlier this month when our son, Mark, celebrated what he considered to be a pretty noteworthy birthday.
“I can legally get into R-rated movies now,” Mark said with a grin soon before blowing out (without having to use a lot of lung capacity) the paltry 17 candles on his birthday cake.
Trust in government is at a recent low. The Pew Research Center made national news recently with its annual survey revealing that four in five Americans said they had little faith that government could solve the nation’s problems and that they had little trust that government would do the right thing on any major issue. The impact of those findings, the report said, could have implications in mid-term elections this fall.