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June 4th, 2012
MONTPELIER — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin told the Vermont Press Association that he remains committed to his campaign pledge to have more transparency in Vermont state government and hopes that a new Open Meeting law will be approved in the next legislative session.
Crowds turned out to watch the Champlain Bridge Grand Parade on May 19, but for some in the crowd, this wasn't the first time.
Art Clifford of Starksboro was just a boy in 1929, but he traveled over to Addison with his family to watch the festivities that opened up the first Champlain Bridge. He was one of the '29ers who attended this year, and he sat down with Robinson Elementary School students to chat about what life was like back in 1929.
My garden is no longer my own. I have a weeding partner early mornings, when the shadows are long and the air is cool. Annette, from Gaborone, Botswana, is the mother of our “host son,” Aubrey, who has been attending Middlebury College for the past four years. She arrived a week ago to witness his graduation.
Katy Perine was a surprise.
When her parents, Carolyn and Ken, went to Porter Hospital for the birth of their third child, they discovered only then that Carolyn would indeed deliver their third — and fourth. Their doctor and friend, Chip Malcolm, examined an X-ray and said, “Looks like two!”
Kathryn was born 15 minutes after her sister, Kristi. That was July 19, 1980.
ESSEX — Athletes from the Mount Abraham, MUHS and VUHS teams competed in the major Essex Invitational Track and Field Meet on Saturday, an event that draws athletes from all divisions from around the state.
No team scores are kept; the meet serves as the final opportunity for athletes to perform well enough to qualify to compete in the New England championship meet.
Several athletes posted top-10 results while achieving that goal, notably VUHS junior Jon Welch, who was second and sixth in two boys’ hurdling events.
VERMONT — Like thousands of Vermonters, Kristen Andrews turned to the food assistance program 3SquaresVT when she had exhausted all other options. In the fall of 2011 her income dropped, and the local educator and mother of four filed an application for help from the federally funded program formerly called Food Stamps.
But Andrews, a Lincoln resident, never expected the application would lead to a mistake that doubled her family’s health insurance premium. And she couldn’t have foreseen the long and arduous process of straightening it out.
CORNWALL — Four Addison Central Supervisory Union schools are considering hosting solar arrays as a means of lowering their respective electricity bills while providing on-site renewable energy lessons for their students.
At issue are potential agreements between All Earth Renewables (AER) and the elementary schools in Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge. The respective directors of those schools are now considering 15-year contracts with AER to install solar trackers of varying sizes on-site or on nearby municipal property.