RIPTON — Bill McKibben had reason to celebrate last week after President Obama rejected a proposed massive pipeline that would have shipped oil from Canada to Texas. He was a prominent force in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
But the Ripton-based environmental activist isn’t taking a rest. McKibben and 500 protesters plan to march on Capital Hill Tuesday adorned in referee outfits.
MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell believes her company’s proposed merger with Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) will stabilize utility rates, save customers $500 million during the next 20 years and make the state a stronger place to do business.
NEW HAVEN — As a very young child in New Haven, Julie Frost showed she had a great sense of rhythm and was drawn to music, recalled her mother, Jean Stilley.
“She loved to be part of family sing-alongs,” Stilley said.
Stilley and Frost’s father, Ted Wesley, gave Julie a guitar at age six, which she took to. She also learned a little piano and played the clarinet in the marching band at Mount Abraham Union High School.
SALISBURY — One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see the United Way of Addison County’s (UWAC) commitment to literacy.
The nonprofit organization on Monday announced a three-year, $30,000 commitment to promoting reading in four county grade schools, beginning with Salisbury Elementary.
BRISTOL — At its Tuesday meeting the Bristol Planning Commission told a group of 30 concerned townspeople that a zone prohibiting gravel extraction in and around Bristol’s downtown area would still be included in the new town plan. The perimeters of that zone and the language that accompanies it are still being hashed out.
After commissioners realized last year that there were discrepancies between different accepted versions of that no-extraction zone, they decided to go back to the drawing board to better define it.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Development Review Board (DRB) will spend the next few weeks discussing separate proposals seeking to bring a new mattress store, automotive reconditioning building and golf recreation facility to town.
The DRB on Monday, Jan. 23, will also resume its review of Vermont Hard Cider’s proposal to build a new, 87,005-square-foot plant on Exchange Street. Middlebury Town Planner Fred Dunnington said the board has already given the major project conceptual approval.
MONKTON — In the wake of a burglary at Monkton Central School last week, school staff and students are putting the school back together and returning to normal.
“There are people around making repairs and that’s somewhat disruptive,” said Principal Susan Stewart. “The teachers and staff are definitely keeping things as normal as possible. There hasn’t been any huge interruption.”