It is time for a statewide moratorium on multi-user solar generating installations in Vermont.
Outrageous, totalitarian, heavy-handed, biased, heartless, corrupt. These are but a few of the adjectives that might be used to describe the behavior of the Public Service Board in response to challenges by towns in Vermont to over 35 multi-user solar renewable energy projects proposed by developers over the last 8 months.
This week’s writer is Fran Putnam of Weybridge, who is active in weatherization and energy efficiency efforts in the local community.
The recent launch of an effort to put a price on carbon pollution in Vermont is a forward-looking, smart economic strategy. A growing, diverse coalition of businesses, low-income organizations, environmental groups and citizens have looked hard at the benefits, costs and potential policy framework for taking this step.
BRISTOL — In the season opener for both high school girls’ basketball teams, host Mount Abraham on Monday pulled away from scrappy Otter Valley in the fourth quarter to earn a 34-20 victory.
Senior center Isabel Brennan scored six of her game-high 12 points in a 12-0 fourth-quarter Mount Abe run that began with the Eagles up by 22-18 after OV sophomore guard Sophia Bloomer hit two free throws with 6:47 to go.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split two home games this past weekend to end first-semester play with a 2-4-2 record, 2-2-2 in NESCAC. Middlebury returns to action on Jan. 2 and 3 in Lake Placid, N.Y., when it hosts the New Year’s College Hockey Classic.
On Saturday, Middlebury took a 3-0 lead and went on to a 6-2 victory over Hamilton (3-3-1, 2-2-1).
Middlebury broke on top 5:10 into the game with a shorthanded goal. Paul Falvey netted the rebound of a George Ordway shot for his first career goal.
?MONTPELIER — Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the new year will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, on Dec. 15.
Online license purchasers of 2015 licenses will automatically be entered to win an angler’s kayak and other prizes. The winner of the kayak will be drawn on May 14, while the winner of a rifle in the 2014 contest will be drawn at the Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic in January.
• I’m not a big fan of bullet point presentations. But it’s approaching the end of another year, which is the time when writers are expected to wrap up an entire 12 months in a single column. Which is to say, the time of year when we have an excuse to throw together a bunch of random thoughts that have at most a vague connection and call them a column. (It will get worse in four weeks. Trust me.) That’s what bullet points are for.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball action earlier this week, the Otter Valley boys won on the road and the Middlebury boys lost at home, but Tuesday’s bad weather wiped out the rest of the slate, including games for the Vergennes boys and girls, MUHS boys, and Mount Abraham boys.
Tuesday’s VUHS girls’ game at Montpelier was postponed until Dec. 29, while the VUHS boys’ game at BFA-Fairfax was moved to Wednesday at VUHS, weather permitting.