Archive - Nov 2006
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON COUNTY — Area residents, who turned out to vote in droves on Tuesday, will see some new faces among those who represent them in the county courthouse and in Montpelier.
With turnout exceeding 65 percent in most towns, residents elected Cornwall Democrat Eleanor “Misse” Smith as their new probate court judge and sent three first-time candidates to county seats in Vermont House. One of those three new legislators — New Haven Democrat Christopher Bray — earned his spot in a tight Addison-5 contest against longtime incumbent Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven.
Tuesday’s general election also gave voters an opportunity to soundly defeat a $10.3 million renovation plan for Otter Valley Union High School; endorse a new town garage project for Bridport and a veterans’ memorial in Bristol; and pick two assistant judges for the Addison County courthouse.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County and Brandon residents joined with voters elsewhere in Vermont in supporting the winners in major statewide races, in most cases by roughly the same percentages, although there were many differences in voting patterns.
As of Wednesday morning independent Bernie Sanders had won his race with Republican candidate Richard Tarrant for the U.S. Senate by almost exactly a two-to-one margin, 66-33 percent, with 82 percent of statewide votes tallied.
With all votes tallied in Addison County and Brandon, Sanders’ margin of victory mirrored the statewide results in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by independent Jim Jeffords. Not counting fringe candidates, Sanders won locally, 12,418-5,416, or 60.6-31.4 percent, and carried every town.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY â€” Voter turnout in Addison County ran ahead of statewide forecasts, with 13 of the countyâ€™s 23 towns reporting that at least 70 percent of their registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
Prior to the election Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz told the Burlington Free Press that she expected statewide turnout to end up in the 60 percent range, although the actual percentage wonâ€™t be known for a few days.
Nationally, the Associated Press gave the preliminary estimate on Wednesday morning that turnout was about 40 percent, in line with previous midterm votes held between presidential elections.
Meanwhile, only one Addison County town recorded a turnout of less than 60 percent: Goshen, where 55.8 percent of voters showed up at the polls.
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON COUNTY â€” Addison County voters turned out in droves on Tuesday to change some of the faces of those who represent them in the county courthouse and in Montpelier.
With turnout exceeding 65 percent in most towns, residents elected Cornwall Democrat Eleanor â€œMisseâ€? Smith as their new probate court judge, and sent three first-time candidates to county seats in Vermont House. One of those three new legislators â€” New Haven Democrat Christopher Bray â€” earned his spot in a tight Addison-5 contest against longtime incumbent Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven.
Tuesdayâ€™s General Election also gave voters an opportunity to soundly defeat a $10.3 million renovation plan for Otter Valley Union High School; endorse a new town garage project for Bridport and a veteransâ€™ memorial in Bristol; and pick two assistant judges for the Addison County courthouse.
By JOHN FLOWERS
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) confirmed last week that it had sold a conserved East Middlebury farm to a young family who plans to grow beans, grains and organic vegetables at the 90-acre spread located off Route 116 and Airport Road.
The VLT purchased the former Elmer Farm earlier this year for $445,000 with support from the town of Middlebury, the Freeman Foundation and several individual donors. The VLT immediately conserved the farm in order to sell it for less money to a family dedicated to agricultural pursuits.
Through its new “Farm Access Program,” the VLT solicited interest from farm families interested in buying the Elmer Farm in order to launch a diversified agriculture business.
By MEGAN JAMES
MIDDLEBURY — If any athletes have a reason to fear the effects of climate change, skiers certainly do. In a sport that depends entirely on cold weather and snow, rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels across the globe pose a formidable threat.
That’s why Middlebury College is hitting the slopes with its newest initiative to fight global warming. Beginning this ski season, the college’s Snow Bowl ski facility, as well as the college’s Alpine and Nordic ski teams, will be entirely carbon neutral.
“The long-term effects of climate change will effect us all,” Snow Bowl Manager Peter Mackey said, “but those of us who love skiing, and want it to continue at this latitude, have an extra reason to start acting now.”
Candidates Q&A 2006
The following six questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.
The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.
Election Day is Nov. 7.
1) HEALTHCARE: Are you satisfied with the state’s Catamount Health plan? If not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage. (Maximum 150 words.)
2) ELECTRICITY: Vermont’s contracts with Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee expire during the next decade. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)