Archive - Nov 24, 2010
Note: This is the seventh in a second series of essays and reflections about politics and the moral life. The themes of the essays are drawn from Plato’s “Laws,” his last and longest philosophical dialogue written shortly before his death in 347 BCE. “Laws” is a fictional account of a conversation about government involving three old men with long experience in politics: Cleinias, from the Cretan city of Cnossos, Megillus, from Sparta, and an Athenian stranger who is not named, but who may be Plato himself.
MONTPELIER — Governor-elect Peter Shumlin has tapped two Addison County residents to be part of a leadership team that will help him confront such challenges as jumpstarting the state’s economy, developing a long-term energy plan and making new strides in health care reform.
MIDDLEBURY — Green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and Aunt Betty’s traditional, unidentifiable Jell-O salad aside, some students at Middlebury College do not even know what Thanksgiving — a uniquely American holiday — actually is.
In his freshman year, Aubrey Dube, a junior from Botswana, went home with his roommate to Westchester, N.Y., and experienced his first Thanksgiving.
“It was weird because people eat until they drop,” Dube said. “I thought, ‘Wait, what? Are we seriously doing this?’ They were eating and taking breaks and going back to eat.”
ADDISON COUNTY — For Russ Cary and a number of other Vermont farmers, the dairy business is looking up.
The Bridport dairy farmer milks 130 cows on the four-year-old Cary Family Farm. Last week Cary signed a contract with the Organic Valley milk cooperative. In recent months, Organic Valley and Horizon Organic, the two organic dairy processors that buy from Vermont farmers, have begun seeking new farms to add to their rosters.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns will almost certainly see school spending level off or drop during the 2011-2012 academic year.
But ANwSU officials said that after years of careful budgeting, reaching the full cost-cutting goal of Act 146, better known as the Challenge for Change, is not realistic in their district.
BRISTOL — Superintendent Evelyn Howard announced at a Monday school board meeting that as a whole, the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) will fail to meet spending reduction mark set by the Challenges for Change law passed in the last legislative session.
The law, formally known as Act 146, aims for every school in the state to reduce spending in 2011-2012 by 2 percent from what is budgeted in the current school year.
BRISTOL — The newly renovated Holley Hall will open its doors to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, to celebrate Bristol residents’ contributions to its new look.
The town offices will host tours, presentations and the unveiling of both the historic painted curtain and a time capsule.
“We wanted to show off the new renovations and give the public the opportunity to come in and see how their taxpayer dollars were spent,” said Carol Wells, a member of the selectboard and executive director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership.
LINCOLN — Lincoln Town Clerk Sally Ober loves walking and biking with her kids to school each morning, though she admits that the path that stretches from the center of town to the Lincoln Community School can be a treacherous one.
“We live about a mile or so from the school,” she said. “Certainly when they were little I would bike my kids there in the mornings and it’s a really narrow, scary path from town to school.”
It was Ober’s concern for the safety of her kids and their classmates that led her to apply for grant money to plan a better, safer path.