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June 18th, 2015
This is my perspective:
One of the reasons I enjoy living in Vermont is that our legislators held a sense that in our state, we would not be led around by outside influences.
Act 250 is a law that empowers people, it is a safety net for the well being of both people and environment in which we live.
In the past two years two bills have passed through our legislators which take all rights away from local governing communities. It takes away any say about where energy projects are placed.
Nate and Jane Palmer are not the only people fighting Vermont Gas pipeline expansion but they are the faces of the fight. Once again they will be before the Vermont Public Service Board on June 22-23 to present our case.
A grassroots group of Vermonters, Just Power, have come together to stop this fossil fuel pipeline. We helped push back part of the plan (Phase II) and now we are ready to end the entire project.
There’s no doubt that having the choice of natural gas can save people money and help businesses be more competitive in a challenging economy. There are also compelling environmental reasons to support expanding natural gas to more communities in Vermont. Natural gas is much cleaner than oil and propane and using it instead of these other fuels will make our air cleaner.
These economic and environmental advantages are real and they apply to agriculture as much as any business.
It sounds as if there are a lot of creative ideas for easing the parking crunch during the upcoming construction in the heart of Middlebury. I especially like the idea of making Main Street one-way — if trucks were prohibited (except for local deliveries), portions of Main Street might even accommodate parking on both sides. And if this works on a temporary basis it might turn out to be a good permanent arrangement.
Disregard for the concerns of citizens and taxpayers of Middlebury was very evident by the majority of the Middlebury Board of Selectmen at the June 9 meeting. MANA (Middlebury Airport Neighbors Association) provided a petition including over 200 signatures of Middlebury residents to the board which was completely ignored in favor of a vote to approve the VTrans proposal to expand the airport.
I learned to fly at the Middlebury Airport in the mid-50s when it was a grass field and Alphonse Quesnel ran Dustaire, a crop-dusting operation.
Reflecting the growth of Addison County these past 60 years, the airport has evolved, and in keeping pace with the needs of the community is planning further upgrades.
FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man who was biking in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday evening was killed when he was struck by a car driven by a woman who was charged with drunk driving.
Kenneth Najarian, 60, was riding southbound on Greenbush Road at around 5:50 p.m. when police said he was struck from behind by a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh. Vermont State Police report that Najarian died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained from the crash.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report about a “scruffy-looking” man, about six feet tall, who was wearing a navy T-shirt and jeans, who allegedly tried to get a young child to go with him on Court Street on June 10. Police said a parent intervened, but the man had left when police arrived.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Spoke with a Lower Foote Street resident who said on June 8 that her sister was missing. Police said they were able to locate the sister in a medical treatment facility.