January 15th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — Gov. Peter Shumlin has made cleaning up Lake Champlain a top priority. To do that, he proposed in his Jan. 8 inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program to penalize farmers who pollute waterways.
The Agency of Agriculture said denying Current Use tax breaks to offenders would add another enforcement tool to the state, which is cracking down on pollution into its waterways.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday adopted a roughly $10.47 million spending plan that administrators said will begin to dig VUHS out of its deep financial hole and would more accurately reflect the cost of operating the school after years of underfunded spending.
To reach those goals, the budget calls for an 11 percent increase of about $1 million over the VUHS budget Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters approved this past spring.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of 25 Middlebury College students this winter has been given the kind of assignment any civic-minded person would dream of: Give away $10,000 to one or more charitable causes.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College got a new look last week.
The 215-year-old institution unveiled a new “brand identity” that plays up the iconic marble and limestone buildings while better integrating its increasingly diverse programs under the Middlebury name.
“Middlebury has, over the last 100 years, built itself into a more complex institution that meets the educational needs of many types of students around the world,” the school said in a statement.
VERGENNES — Officer Adam O’Neill, a three-and-a-half year veteran of the Vergennes Police Department, and his canine side-kick, K9 Kane, on Nov. 21 graduated from the 16-week Police Canine Patrol School held at the Vermont Police Canine Academy in Pittsford.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross had to know that the farming community would take issue when the governor proposed in his Inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program that would penalize farmers who pollute waterways. What they also had to suppose was that the majority of Vermonters would not think it was unfair for farmers to be willing to accept a share of the responsibility for cleaning up the state’s waterways, particularly those that run into Lake Champlain.
The liberal Public Assets Institute recently asked all Vermonters a compelling question: Are your school taxes a problem? In seeking public response, one would think they will be flooded by responses from taxpayers who are angry about their high property tax bills.
My dad died Christmas morning. In November he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. It was also in his bones and spreading. He came to terms with it quickly. He was ready. He had lived a good life, he felt, one that had lasted longer than he ever expected. My sister, Torri, and brother, Todd, and I tried hard to match the peace and grace and acceptance he showed.