August 24th, 2015
Driving into Middlebury from Cornwall on Route 30 I am confronted by the very large roof of the new Middlebury town hall, facing south. I just hope that the Middlebury selectmen are future thinking enough to have planned to insert solar panels on that space.
Fossil fuels are non-renewable. Thus, the world and the U.S. are running out of these energy sources. In about 100 years they will be gone, and solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and nuclear will be our main sources. It is not too early to start adjusting whenever possible.
Full disclosure first: I don’t live in Middlebury but you might think so from the amount of time and money I spend there. I live across the lake in New York but the majority of everything from shopping to medical care is done in Vermont, and most of that in Middlebury.
And I’m not alone — it’s unusual for me not to meet another New Yorker on my trips. I mourn the loss of Greg’s Market as much as anyone. And yes, we feel like we do have a horse in this race: the question of any development behind the Ilsley Library.
Last week my family and I vacationed in Maine. We stayed near Popham Beach. I had the chance to walk down to the mouth of the Kennebec River and say my daily prayers.
The union of the river and the ocean was a fitting place to greet the world, offering me a place to chant, “May the healing light of love fill the planet and all beings on it.”
Along came an apologetic woman with her two plodding, drooling dogs. She did not want to interrupt the “zen” of the moment.
The After Dark Music Series presents Loudon Wainwright III at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
SALISBURY -- Vermont State Parks officials on Friday closed the swimming beach at Branbury State Park in Salisbury.
They said a swim water sample taken last Wednesday showed an extremely low ecoli reading (6 per 100 ml of water), but officials said the beach was been closed “as a prudent precaution” after the Vermont Department of Health received several reports of sickness by recent Branbury park visitors.
MIDDLEBURY — We’ve all seen footage of what happens to a stranded car sitting in the path of an oncoming freight train.
The freight train always wins.
And when it comes to a dispute between a municipality and a freight train, the train seems to have the advantage — a likelihood that Middlebury officials and merchants are learning in their call for modifications to the Vermont Rail Systems (VRS) train schedules during the upcoming replacement of two downtown rail overpasses.
FERRISBURGH — Although there is still time for a negotiated solution, the Ferrisburgh farmer who upset his lakefront neighbors a year ago by firing a propane cannon to protect his sweet corn crop said this week he is prepared to use the cannon again as soon as next week.
Wayne Stearns, owner of Crazy Acres Farm on Schoolhouse Road, said if the flock of starlings that lives on his farm starts attacking his corn, he is considering deploying a cannon that in 2014 fired thousands of times a day for about a month.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mike Winslow, staff scientist for the Lake Champlain Committee, recalls the day a few years back that he closed the beach at Kingsland Bay State Park.