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August 17th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — John Rouse, owner of Rouse Tire in Middlebury, says he was surprised to receive the American Legion Community Service Award at a special Legion dinner earlier this year. Rouse is well known locally for his involvement in sports, both as a former student at Middlebury Union High School and currently as a sidelines coach for the MUHS varsity football team, as well as for being the president of the Friends of Middlebury Football.
RIPTON — The Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the oldest writers’ conference in the country, will hold its 90th session when it begins Wednesday, Aug. 12, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 22.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Thomas Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steven Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2015-2016 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busy preparing for opening day on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
It’s a common lament: “My garden is shady and boring. All I can grow are hostas!”
I beg to differ. I delight in shady garden spaces — cool, tranquil places for people, and home for plenty of interesting plants.
Dick and I love to retreat, cup of tea in hand, to a favorite garden bench under the trees, a private outdoor room complete with leafy ceiling, richly patterned carpet and a view to the sunny border beyond.
Skeptics take note: The Vermont Clean Water Initiative passed into law this spring will make a significant difference to water quality throughout the state. With the teeth to make enforcement provisions stick, and with the EPA wielding the threat of more onerous penalties if the state standards don’t make the necessary improvements, Vermonters can look forward to cleaner streams and rivers initially, and our lakes in the not too distant future.
It’s encouraging to see the president of the United States taking steps toward reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan says that “power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.”
This is significant; about a third of U.S. emissions of CO2 come from power stations. However, this new plan does not do enough, we are still on the path to increase average temperatures by more than two degrees centigrade, and that is not good.
Every Vermonter knows that the events of this past week have been especially tough and trying for our state. We have seen violence that is unimaginable in our close-knit state.