Archive - Apr 2012
VERMONT — When Gene Nolette, owner of Leicester-based Gene’s Property Management, went to buy the popular fertilizer mix “10-10-10” for lawn application this month, he was surprised to find that he wasn’t able to.
The fertilizer, aptly labeled for its three main nutrients, is comprised of 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorus and 10 percent potassium. But a Legislative act passed in 2011, which took effect Jan. 1, has outlawed the application of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns, with a few exceptions.
MIDDLEBURY — Guacamole. Avocado fries. Avocado-coconut soft-serve. Baby spinach salad with smoked salmon and avocado.
What do all of these dishes have in common? They’ve all been spotted in the Middlebury College dining halls over the past three weeks.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) Superintendent Gail Conley, who has been serving on an interim basis since last July 1, has agreed to serve another year in order to give a search committee more time to find his replacement.
An ACSU search committee has thus far initiated two ill-fated searches for a new superintendent. Those searches yielded relatively few applications from what is a shrinking pool nationwide of qualified education administrators. In both cases, the search committee did not feel it could advance a finalist for the job.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Emeritus John McCardell Jr. is settling in well in his new position as chancellor and president of Sewanee: The University of the South.
McCardell and his wife, Bonnie, returned together to Middlebury this month for the first time in almost two years. It was quite a homecoming for McCardell, who joined the history faculty at Middlebury in 1976 and served as the college’s president from 1992 to 2004.
ADDISON — Longtime Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace said last week she is recovering well at home from major emergency surgery performed at Porter Hospital shortly after Town Meeting Day.
Grace stayed at Porter for slightly longer than two weeks after surgery, and returned home on March 24. On this past Thursday she said she has been strong enough to visit her barn and walk around her property.
BRIDPORT — The Addison Central Supervisory Union is asking the state to credit the town of Bridport for $12,139 in excess education property taxes the community paid this academic year.
MIDDLEBURY — For Liza Sacheli Lloyd, director of the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College, art is all about community. And Lloyd will be putting that belief under scrutiny starting on Monday, at the first meeting of the Leadership Development Institute run by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Between and betwixt the complex merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service, a splinter of an issue is bedeviling the legislative leadership, the Shumlin administration and the Department of Public Service. The issue is a provision in a recent memorandum of understanding allowing the utilities to recapture a $21 million pledge to repay ratepayers through future rate hikes.
It’s an understandable oversight that needs a remedy.