Archive - Jan 2010
MONTPELIER — Gov. James Douglas threw down the gauntlet in his final state-of-the-state address on Thursday, urging lawmakers to enact a series of initiatives he believes will advance economic development and reduce school spending.
Douglas, a Middlebury Republican, pulled no punches in an address that took just over 40 minutes to deliver and was interrupted 10 times by applause from a General Assembly heavily dominated by Democrats.
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Economists and peace activists have long pointed out that the true cost of oil-based energy is not adequately accounted for or paid by us consumers: the pollution it generates, the treatment for diseases it necessitates, the environmental damage that needs to be ameliorated, and the military presence we provide in order to ensure our oil supplies all have costs that are not on our utility bills. Forcing oil, coal and nuclear energy providers to internalize the costs had proven almost impossible due to their strong lobbyist presence in Washington, D.C. and in state capitols.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter from stubborn visitor Middlebury on Tuesday for a 47-31 victory that snapped the 3-4 Eagles’ three-game losing streak.
The 1-9 Tigers cut what had been a 30-22 third-quarter Eagle lead to three, 32-29, when Tiger junior guards Charlie Cluss and Brendan Burrell beat the third-quarter buzzer and opened the fourth quarter, respectively, with 15-foot jumpers.
MIDDLEBURY — In Sunday and Monday’s Panther-Cardinal Classic at Chip Kenyon Arena, the Middlebury College women’s hockey team suffered its first two losses of the season, by 3-2 in overtime vs. Elmira on Sunday and 4-1 vs. Plattsburgh on Monday.
In an event featuring every champion in the eight-year history of the NCAA Division III hockey tournament and four of the top five teams in this winter’s poll, Elmira defeated defending national champ Amherst in Monday’s final, 2-1.
One of my favorite NPR shows is “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” Hosted by Peter Sagal, it airs locally on VPR Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon. One segment on this quiz show challenges contestants to distinguish between the real and the phony: actual news stories vs. made-up “news.” products on the market vs. imagined products, etc.
VERGENNES — Gray skies provided a somber backdrop on Wednesday morning as a funeral service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a procession through the streets of downtown Vergennes and a Final Alarm at the Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department for longtime Chief Ralph J. Jackman drew about 600 people for an emotional farewell.
Jackman, a Bristol native, Waltham resident and tireless community volunteer whose 55 years as chief of the city department is believed to be a unmatched accomplishment, died at home on Saturday at the age of 85.
VERGENNES — Many who knew longtime Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ralph J. Jackman were moved to speak about his character, contributions and legacy after Jackman’s death at the age of 85 on Saturday. Still others were overcome by emotion and could not bring themselves to talk in the immediate aftermath of the loss.
Jackman, a U.S. Army veteran who saw action in World War II, had served the fire department for 62 years, 55 as its chief, before resigning Nov. 1.
Among those who paid tribute were:
GOV. JIM DOUGLAS:
VERGENNES — Designing the replacement for the Champlain Bridge will involve a literal, as well as figurative balancing act, according to officials from HNTB, the firm commissioned by the state of New York to plan the new structure.
The new bridge will have to be wide enough to better accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and bikers, but not so wide that it triggers more intensive permitting requirements, HNTB Vice President Ted Zoli told more than 60 area residents who showed up in Vergennes on Monday evening for an overview of how the span will take shape.