November 18th, 2010
The news Tuesday that Congress will place a ban on earmarks — spending items by lawmakers directed to their home states, also known as ‘pork’ — must be taken as a misguided blow against practices that inflate the national deficit by naive Tea Party activists, and those who fear them.
It was a dark and stormy night.
Actually it wasn’t completely dark yet, and it wasn’t quite night. More like a dusky late afternoon, on the cusp of early evening. Just barely 6 p.m. And though it wasn’t exactly stormy, it was certainly as cold and breezy as one would expect in late Autumn in Vermont.
Those were the conditions when Mount Abraham Union High School junior Garth Wilson heard a knock on the door of his Bristol home. He opened it to find a congenial looking stranger standing on the porch.
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Earlier this month, freelance writer Monica Gaudio was published in an issue of Cooks Source Magazine, a small Massachusetts publication.
There was just one problem: the article, “A Tale of Two Tarts,” which traced apple pie all the way back to medieval times, had been published without her knowledge or consent.
Gaudio emailed Judith Griggs, the editor of Cooks Source, requesting that Griggs make a donation of $130 to the Columbia University School of Journalism as payment for the article.
VERGENNES — Kennedy Brothers President Win Grant confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to end retail operations in his North Main Street, Vergennes, building after 50 years — for 41 of which he has overseen operations.
Grant, 67, said the move will affect Kennedy Brothers’ nine employees, two of whom are full-time, and 50 craft vendors, who rent between six and 50 square feet apiece in the building’s 10,000-square-foot marketplace.
MIDDLEBURY — UD-3 school district administrators on Tuesday presented their first draft of a 2011-2012 budget that not only meets the state’s “Challenges for Change” guideline of 2.15-percent spending cut ($341,000), it beats it by almost $70,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Jutta Miska on Monday recalled setting up a makeshift gathering spot for area teens around 17 years ago in the Middlebury Recreation Department’s old warming hut.
Local teens took to the space, but it was available only for a few years. And thus the seemingly perennial quest for a Middlebury teen center slogged on.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) board is considering a 2011 budget of $2,410,761 that reflects a 1.9-percent increase in spending, but would not result in any boost in tipping fees at the district transfer station in Middlebury.
In fact, disposal fees for some recyclables are projected to go down, due to a more lucrative market for such items and because of the provisions of a new electronics waste law that will soon take effect.
MIDDLEBURY — Some of Middlebury’s most prominent citizens will be strolling down the catwalk on Nov. 20 to help raise money for the county’s neediest residents.