Archive - Apr 2012
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers on Wednesday seemed poised to move the discussion of rights for migrant workers in Vermont one step forward.
The bill under scrutiny in the Vermont House was Senate Bill 238, which examines the possibility of allowing undocumented workers to obtain driver’s licenses and non-driver identification. If passed, a study committee would examine the ways that a program could work over the summer and report back to the Legislature when it reconvenes in January 2013.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories that look at how the numbers of local families accessing food assistance programs have changed in the past decade.
BRISTOL — For the first time, more than half the students at Bristol Elementary School meet the low-income guidelines for free and reduce-priced meals. In an attempt to stave off child hunger and rein in school finances, Bristol is offering free breakfasts to all of its students.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s senatorial district is likely to shed Brandon and gain the Chittenden County communities of Huntington and Buel’s Gore.
MIDDLEBURY — For two decades, Salisbury residents Steve Parkes and Christine McKeever-Parkes had dreamed of owning and operating their own small brewery.
That dream is now becoming reality.
Workers on Tuesday were finishing installation of 10 gleaming stainless steel tanks and related conduits that will soon be producing 450-gallon batches of what will be the couple’s signature “Sunshine and Hoppiness” beer at Drop-In Brewing Company at 610 Route 7 South, former home of Dundon Plumbing & Heating.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday gave its support to an effort by two local nonprofits to conserve a 38.3-acre parcel of land on the eastern slope of Chipman Hill, a wooded parcel once eyed for development that would instead be preserved for public enjoyment.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School co-principal Edwin Webbley will return from a medical leave to his post on a part-time basis next week and should be back on a more regular basis on the week that begins on Monday, April 30, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien.
VERGENNES — On Monday, for the first time since 2010 the members of the Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team walked off the field with a victory.
The Commodores led a shorthanded visiting Otter Valley team at the half, 3-0, and then erupted for eight third-quarter goals in a 12-1 victory in their season opener.
Junior attackman Joe Krayewsky sparked VUHS with eight goals, but said the win was the product of a team-wide effort to bounce back from two seasons of frustration: VUHS was 1-14 in 2010 before 2011’s winless campaign.
In testimony before the full Senate, Department of Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller Thursday experienced the power of political demagoguery and learned how the appeal of writing checks to a few trumps policy that benefits the many. She must have walked away dispirited.