April 19th, 2010
FAIRFAX, Vt. — Rep. Peter Welch on Friday unveiled long-awaited legislation that could, if passed, create a “growth management program” for the U.S. dairy industry that supporters hope would curb the volatile highs and lows of the federal milk pricing system.
MONTPELIER — Rep. Steve Maier, D-Middlebury, is in line to participate on a new state commission that would be charged with developing and recommending a new health care system accessible to all Vermonters.
FERRISBURGH — Gerianne Smart first got to know Walter Hacks in the milking parlor of a Waterbury Center dairy.
Moving among the cows, dairy farmer George Woodard told his friend about Hacks in fits and spurts: The fictional character was 11 years old, a tenacious Vermont farm boy infatuated with Westerns and a speed demon on a bicycle.
It turned out that Hacks and his story had been rattling around in Woodard’s head for some time — and it wasn’t long before Smart, a Ferrisburgh resident, was equally infatuated.
MIDDLEBURY — Fewer than 20 Middlebury voters met on Wednesday, April 14, to support a proposed 2010-2011 ID-4 budget of $5,771,990 and a plan to spend up to $191,100 on pavement and drainage upgrades to the Mary Hogan Elementary School grounds.
Approximately 18 local voters attended the annual meeting held at the school, a gathering that lasted around an hour, ID-4 school board Chairwoman Lucy Schumer said. During that time, school officials and engineers fielded various questions about the budget and project, respectively.
VERGENNES — The owners of the prominent former Haviland Shade Roller Mill building on the Vergennes falls are suing former owner Green Mountain Power Corp. in U.S. District Court in Burlington for allegedly “fraudulent misrepresentations,” claiming that GMP knew prior to a 2004 sale that the building and site were contaminated by poly-chlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic materials.
VERGENNES — A long-awaited Environmental Court decision on April 13 overturned a permit denial by the Vergennes Development Review Board, but did not grant permission to the owners of a vacant Grist Mill Island horse barn to renovate it into office space.
In September 2008, the DRB denied an application by Mahaiwe LLC to renovate the 2,100-square-foot barn. Mahaiwe is owned in part by Ferrisburgh’s David Shlansky, also owner of the Grist Mill Island in the Otter Creek falls and the nearby Shade Roller Mill.
This week’s writer is Dr. Traci Griffith, professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Michael’s College and member of the Vermont Press Association Executive Board.
As it hurries toward adjournment the Vermont Legislature is trying to get its arms around the last-minute “Challenges for Change” report and some of the ways the administration of Gov. James Douglas has identified possible cost savings. On their face many ideas sound like they may have some merit. Others clearly are way off base.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s language programs, already prominent nationally and globally, will soon reach a new frontier: cyberspace.
After 14 months of planning and negotiation, the college last Wednesday announced its decision to team up with K12 Inc., a Virginia-based online education company, to develop virtual language courses for primary and secondary school students. The spin-off company, named Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL), is set to release its first courses for high school students in the late summer of this year.