July 9th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — A private company is exploring the possibility of taking over planning and possible construction of a hydroelectric facility at Middlebury’s Otter Creek falls that would employ a new technology borrowed from an ancient Greek physicist to potentially reduce the footprint and impact of the project.
A coalition of social and environmental activist groups on Tuesday conducted a coordinated series of separate protests against fracked natural gas across the Champlain Valley. Nine people were arrested.
In Williston, members of the activist group Rising Tide Vermont handcuffed themselves to construction equipment at 7:30 a.m. to disrupt construction of the Vermont Gas pipeline extension into Addison County. Four people were arrested.
BRANDON — On June 30, Brandon voters approved the establishment of a 1 percent local option tax on sales, meals and rooms, and alcohol, subject to the approval of the town charter, which was also approved.
The option tax measure passed by a vote of 328-132, with two ballots blank or spoiled. The charter was approved by a tally of 358-91.
Before a local option tax can be instituted in Vermont, the Legislature has to accept a change to that town’s charter. In the case of Brandon, this is actually its first charter.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard will hold a special town gathering on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to get residents’ feedback on a hotly debated solar project being pitched off West Street and to weigh in on the broader topic of how the community should entertain future solar proposals.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has told reporters that he will make an announcement in the fall about his plans for 2016. Scott is seriously interested in running for governor, but he needs some time to work through issues related to the ownership and control of the business he co-owns and manages.
A couple of weeks ago I traded in my 2003 Honda Pilot for a 2012 Honda CRV. The Pilot had served me well but it had 210,000 miles on it, rusted fenders, a broken air conditioner, a busted rear windshield wiper, one door that could only be locked or unlocked manually, and some electronic safety system harness doohickey under the driver’s seat that went haywire and prevented the car from passing inspection. So about six months ago I decided it was time and I got all excited about looking for a new car.
“What’s Your Watermark?” a film dedicated to the positive ways in which all Vermonters by observing simple responsible practices can protect and preserve the purity of the Vermont’s precious water for present and future generations, was broadcast on PBS recently. As a longtime Vermont resident, sailor and year-round lakeside home owner, I was thrilled to observe how we can better protect our most precious resource.