Archive - Apr 2010
BRISTOL — Proponents and opponents of a gravel pit near the Bristol village met again this week in the latest chapter of a years-long fight over a proposed 26-acre excavation project off of Rounds Road.
After two separate applications for town zoning permits and several appeals to the state environmental court, the wheels are beginning to turn in a hearing to determine whether or not the proposed gravel pit conforms with Act 250, the state’s Land Use and Development Act.
Entergy’s decision Monday to nix plans to spin off six nuclear reactors, including Vermont Yankee, into a separate company that would be overburdened with debt is a welcome step forward in the state’s discussion about extending Vermont Yankee’s permit in 2012 by another 20 years. The spin-off proposal was widely criticized as a ploy to create an under-funded corporation (Enexus) that would have been more likely to default on decommissioning costs, while allowing Entergy to dodge those expenses at plants in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Michigan.
If you’d asked me what Easter meant when I was younger, I probably would have said that it had something to do with a six-foot-tall rabbit bringing cheap, foil-wrapped chocolate candies in a basket.
Opening day of fishing season can’t get here soon enough.
To some degree, that statement is always true. At least emotionally. It’s not too long after the Vermont fishing season closes at the end of October before I’m beginning to miss the sport. Some time around February, maybe even late January, I start actively longing to get out on the water, to stand in a moving river with a fly rod in my hand.
VERGENNES — The $75,000 the city of Vergennes recently received from Vermont’s Downtown Transportation Fund will help pay for improvements to the bus stop at the city’s major downtown intersection and fund a 160-foot handicap-access platform that will serve three Main Street businesses.
City Manager Mel Hawley said “pretty deteriorated” sidewalk stretching from Shear Cuts on Main Street around the corner almost all the way to Daily Chocolate on Green Street will also be replaced, with new granite curbing added.
What do super-hot actress Megan Fox and I have in common? Other than our shared conviction that she is much sexier than me, not much. But there is one thing: Brachydactyly type D.
This is not a type of dinosaur; it’s actually a condition, one I’d like to say is characterized by flawless skin, come-hither eyes, pouty lips and a perfect figure. But I’m afraid it just means we have unusually short, fat thumbs.
And so it (spring schedule changing) begins
Never mind the sap buckets, first thunderstorms or the Red Sox equipment truck heading to Florida, the surest sign of spring in these parts comes when the local high schools start juggling their schedules.
MIDDLEBURY — Eight individual Middlebury College track and field athletes and one relay team won events on Saturday as the Panthers hosted Springfield, Bowdoin and Vermont in their first home meet of the spring.
Springfield won both the men’s and women’s team events, with the Middlebury women second and the Panther men third.
On the women’s side, the Pride scored 148.5 to edge the Panthers (140.5), with Bowdoin (92) and UVM (17) trailing.
The Pride men won with 161, followed by Bowdoin (119), Middlebury (99), and UVM (14)