MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for children to announce what they’d like to be when they grow up, such as a fireman, pro athlete or even astronaut.
Jack Mayer decided in 7th grade that he was not only going to be a physician, he was going to be a pediatrician.
“I always felt a calling to work with kids,” Mayer said.
And Mayer dutifully met his calling, serving thousands of children during a career that has spanned four decades.
ORWELL — Before the Christmas break, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Orwell Village School sent eggs flying, juiced carrots, concocted silly putty in plastic bags and subjected plants to the effects of acid rain.
It was all for the sake of science.
MONTPELIER — The Department of Public Service in December announced it will make changes to the state’s renewable energy program in an attempt to encourage solar growth while protecting ratepayers.
With the Legislature in its upcoming session also likely to update laws that encourage more renewable energy in the Green Mountain State, Vermonters can expect to see continuing efforts to nurture solar power in 2015, though with a slightly different flavor.
Next Thursday, the second day of the 2015 legislative session, one of the legislators’ first tasks will likely be their most important vote of the biennium: to decide whether Gov. Peter Shumlin will return to a third term or whether Republican Scott Milne would unseat him in a vote of the Legislature.
Between noon on Thursday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, I accomplished nothing.
I therefore count this as the best Christmas ever.
Unlike most families, we don’t do much after Christmas morning, which we spend opening gifts, drinking coffee and devouring a braided cinnamon Christmas bread like zombies eating brains.
Dear Chief Hanley,
I recently read the Community Forum piece by Officer Christopher Mason that appeared in the Christmas edition of the Addison Independent. The piece was absolutely hilarious and heartfelt. The town of Middlebury is fortunate to have the police department that we do, and very fortunate to have Officer Mason on the force.
Consider the possibility that Mr. Shumlin should have had some knowledge prior to his announcement that the single-payer program would be too expensive. After all, he was two years in arrears in reporting to you, the Vermont legislator.
Boy am I glad I am not a selectboard member in Cornwall right now.
Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. To recap the situation, in a nutshell, Vermont Gas/Gaz Métro proposed a high-pressure fracked gas pipeline through Cornwall and Shoreham and under the lake to reach its potentially most lucrative customer ever, and the majority of voters in Cornwall and Shoreham (at their respective town meetings last year), told VGS to go pound salt.