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August 12th, 2010
It’s here: the moment of August profusion in the garden, the one I dream about in my armchair during winter. There is so much ripening in my garden — indeed all over the county — it’s almost overwhelming. What to eat? What to can? What to freeze? Problems of abundance are nothing to complain about (in fact, there’s no time), but I relish the wealth of choices.
At this point, the question might be, what’s NOT up?
In addition to last week’s lists, the root crops are really coming in now, and Barbara is picking romano beans, paste tomatoes, plums, Sicilian chard and 16 varieties of peppers!
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., wants to harness the power of Vermont’s growing renewable energy industry to fuel more “green” initiatives at the national level.
Welch was in Addison County last week as part of an “energy tour,” surveying local businesses’ renewable energy initiatives and products. His stops included Nathaniel Electronics in Vergennes, which is working on new solar technology, and the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, home to one of the state’s largest and most successful manure-to-energy power systems.
MONTPELIER (AP) — School districts across Vermont are being asked to trim a total of $23.2 million from already lean budgets. If they don’t, Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca might ask the Legislature to require them to.
Vilaseca late last Wednesday announced the state mandated cuts for each individual supervisory union. It came in response to the Challenges for Change state cost-cutting law passed by the Legislature last spring.
ADDISON — Along the way to choosing a career as an artist, Addison resident and 2010 college graduate T.J. Cunningham experienced two epiphanies.
One came five years ago, when Cunningham, then 17, worked at Addison’s Bridge Restaurant. Cunningham had always since the age of 4 or 5 spent time, in his own words, “drawing pictures and creating things and painting.”
CORNWALL — Cornwall Historical Society members have until December to present their selectboard with a plan to renovate the former Lavalley Store on Route 30 to the point where it could once again accommodate a small business.
VERGENNES — Voters turned out in small numbers last Wednesday, but backed by a large margin a proposed $5.1 million upgrade of the Vergennes-Panton Water District plant, which was built in 1973 on Panton’s Adams Ferry Road.
The final tally recorded at the district’s Vergennes office on Canal Street was 104-49, or 67-33 percent. That vote cleared the way for the first major upgrade of the Lake Champlain plant since its construction.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County attorney and same-sex marriage advocate Beth Robinson hailed a federal judge’s ruling last week that struck down California’s ban on same-sex unions, but she cautioned that the decision does not guarantee a national pathway to equal rights for gay and lesbian couples.
“It confirms what we have been saying all along — the Constitution doesn’t countenance carving out gay people from the same right to marry that other citizens take for granted,” Robinson said during a phone interview on Thursday.
“It is a significant win,” she added.