May 15th, 2014
MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin this week were tying a bow on what they said was a very productive 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature, one they said has paved the way for new jobs, fewer drug addicts, a higher minimum wage and a record investment in the state’s roads, bridges and culverts.
Lawmakers wrapped up their work at the Vermont Statehouse on Saturday, May 10, capping more than four months of work on a litany of issues ranging from boilerplate municipal charter changes to a $5.5 billion state budget.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday affirmed their support of the $6.5 million town offices-recreation center project by an 880 to 714 tally, a vote that paves the way for the two new buildings to proceed through final design, review, permitting and construction.
Tuesday’s referendum was a revote on the same project that residents had endorsed on Town Meeting Day, 915 to 798.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday supported a $3.5 million Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal, 246-217, or about 53-47 percent, in the town’s second vote of the spring on an elementary school spending plan.
Voters in 22.5 percent turnout also backed, 270-194, a separate $20,000 article that will pay for a keyless electronic entry system for FCS like those now used at other local schools. FCS officials said that system will improve security at the school’s main entrance.
MIDDLEBURY — A lot of first jobs after college aren’t exactly glamorous. Barista. Retail sales. Or the two most depressing words to a 22-year-old’s ear — unpaid internship.
“Creator of software startup with the potential to corner a gigantic, untapped market of consumers” is not a job listing likely to be found on Craigslist (if it is, don’t click on it; it’s probably spam).
BRISTOL — “How many of your friends drive distracted?” Emily Joselson asked the juniors and seniors assembled in the Mount Abraham Union High School auditorium Monday morning.
A few brave hands rose at first, then scores more, until half of the students thrust a hand into the air.
“What are some examples of distracted driving?” Joselson pressed.
MIDDLEBURY — She’s not quite 28 years old, but Jessica Pominville has been working in the movie business for around a decade — the movie rental business.
She managed three Blockbuster Video stores in Burlington, a Hollywood Video store, and a Movie Gallery outlet. For the past three years she’s been working at Video King on Washington Street in Middlebury.
When Video King owner Terry Pellegrino decided to close his doors earlier this year, Pominville saw an opportunity.
SHELBURNE/MIDDLEBURY — While it may be a school project, 12-year-old Kenneth Barkdoll makes the rules very clear:
“It’s a museum exhibit,” he said. “You’re not supposed to touch anything.”
Barkdoll is one of the curators of a new folk art exhibit at the Shelburne Museum and the sixth-grader at the Aurora School in Middlebury is quick to give a firm admonishment to anyone who gets too close to his hooked rug, a panorama of him canoeing with his father.
VERGENNES — Vermont Gas Systems said barring surprises it plans to have natural gas supply lines running throughout the city of Vergennes by late 2015, according to company spokesman Steve Wark.
Vermont Gas intends to begin construction in June of the pipeline extension to bring gas from its main pipeline route through Addison County in Vergennes. Wark said that extension should be complete by August, with work also ongoing in Vergennes to prepare for distributing the company’s product.