May 26th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday, May 27, will discuss and potentially take a pro or con position on “Phase II” of the proposed Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard looked high and low for a new town administrator but ended up picking a familiar face — the town clerk.
Therese Kirby, 47, who has served as town clerk since 2006, will take over the town administrator position at the beginning of the new fiscal year July 1. She will be the first female town administrator in Bristol’s history.
FERRISBURGH — When the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum launched the replica canal schooner Lois McClure back in 2004, then-LCMM Director Art Cohn anticipated the majestic vessel might complete a single, triumphant sailing tour and then serve as a very important exhibit on how maritime commerce was conducted in the region during the mid- to late 1800s.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School directors on May 19 appointed Middlebury resident Victoria Jette to a board vacancy created by the recent resignation of incumbent Jim Callahan.
Callahan verbally resigned from the ID-4 school board on April 17, citing a disagreement with board Chairwoman Ruth Hardy. Callahan had been elected to a three-year term on the board on March 4 and attended only two meetings before resigning.
MONTPELIER — Rep. Peter Welch hosted the 33rd annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students at The Gallery at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier on May 15.
Greta Suzette Exeter from Vergennes, a student at Vergennes Union High School, received Congressman Welch’s choice award for her piece “Michelle Dockery.”
VERGENNES — Vergennes workers and private contractors will undertake at least five significant projects between June and August, including paving two streets, improving two stretches of Main Street sidewalk, and making progress to solve the city’s longstanding sewer-system overflow problem.
VERGENNES — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced a new $6,723,732 Defense Department contract with UTC Aerospace Systems based in Vergennes to develop and test improved guidance systems for U.S. munitions, which would allow greater precision and avoid damage to innocent bystanders and property.
I don’t trust flowers.
There are grounds for my suspicion; flowering plants are proven masters of deception. For instance, the sundew uses sparkling droplets of sticky “faux dew” to ensnare and digest curious flies; bee orchids dupe male wasps into wasting their copulatory efforts on floral structures that look and smell like a female wasp. And what about humans? As I labor on behalf of flowers, fertilizing, tilling, watering and sweating, I sometimes wonder if I’m being led down the proverbial garden path. Exactly who’s cultivating whom?