July 7th, 2014
A pipeline of fracked gas from Canada through Vermont; perhaps this struggle really comes down to what’s important: principles or profit? Ethics or greed?
Sen. Chris Bray’s brilliantly argued letter in the June 26 edition of this paper goes to the heart of the Phase II pipeline issue. This Quebec project, as he writes, is about the private use of the proposed pipeline by the International Paper Co. and therefore deserves neither a Certificate of Public Good nor the right to eminent domain.
Did you know that Green Mountain Power is owned by Gaz Metro, a Canadian corporation? Gaz Metro is the same corporation that owns Vermont Gas Systems. VGS keeps infiltrating my computer and local newspaper with advertisements, promising much. What is reality? What is truth? There are citizens of Vermont who are dependent on Gaz Metro for their electricity AND their heating. I thought Bernie Sanders was concerned about large corporations taking over the rights of some of us human beings.
What does it mean to be a festival at 36?
It means a lot of creative energy, hard work, restless nights and thousands of volunteer hours have been invested in the festival’s success over the past 36 years.
It means committees researching musical acts for the twice-nightly performances, plus magicians and a whole other set of performers for the kid shows each noon. It means reaching out to them, getting rejections, negotiating prices, and finally booking the 17 acts each year.
ADDISON COUNTY — For local residents staying close to home and out-of-towners visiting for the first big holiday weekend of the summer, Addison County and Brandon will offer lots of Fourth of July fun and great family activities, ranging from live music and fireworks to living history events and town parades.
There is so much happening this year that one day cannot contain all the events. Activities run from Thursday through Saturday evening.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center and the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) will join forces to substantially expand the county’s only Suboxone program to help opiate addicts, a move that will allow Bristol Internal Medicine to deliver the much-needed service to 80-90 patients, up from the current 25.
The Porter board approved the expanded Suboxone program last week, and did so even with the prospect of a $200,000 annual budget hit.
MIDDLEBURY — Tom Hughes recently got a taste of public service as a member of the UD-3 School Board.
He now wants to graduate to a seat in the Vermont House.