March 29th, 2010
When the answer to our economic well being depends on consumers being more willing to spend, the last thing you want to do is hide your product, or subtract from its appeal. But that is precisely what the State of Vermont is doing by suspending its Seal of Quality program.
The program is being suspended because the state’s agriculture department doesn’t have the resources to monitor the program. At present all a Vermont food producer needs to do is to send in a check for $20 and the seal is granted.
MIDDLEBURY — Bridport residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 4, to cast votes on a proposed 2010-2011 elementary school budget that is $6,158 leaner than the spending plan that was defeated by less than 10 votes on Town Meeting Day.
Voters rejected the original budget plan of $1,336,975 by a 179-172 tally. It proved to be one of the few school budget defeats in the state but was the second year in a row that Bridport residents had rejected their elementary school spending plan.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team made it four wins in eight days on Saturday, when they returned from a successful weeklong road trip and defeated NESCAC rival Connecticut College, 14-6.
All four of those wins, including Tuesday’s huge 10-8 victory over previously undefeated Gettysburg, then ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, followed the Panthers’ stunning, 11-9, opening home setback to Bates in which they lost a big second-half lead.
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After a mile of muddy ruts, the dirt road opened out onto a foggy clearing. There, in front of a small stream, sat the sugarhouse where all of the maple syrup for Steve’s Park Diner on Merchant’s Row in Middlebury is boiled down.
By Monday evening, last week’s sun and unseasonable warmth seemed like it had all been a dream, and after a day bundled in extra layers at the office, it was hard to think about going back outside.
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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) could potentially run its schools more efficiently and cost-effectively by consolidating the governance of its nine schools and by merging some of its smaller elementary school districts.
Those were some of the findings in a 101-page school governance study unveiled by ACSU officials this week. The ACSU board last year commissioned retired Barre schools superintendent Raymond Proulx to perform the study as a first step in determining what, if any changes should be made to streamline operations within the union.
MIDDLEBURY — The massive health care reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday and signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday represents an important step forward but falls short of perfection, say Vermonters familiar with the legislation.
MIDDLEBURY — Health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday and signed by President Obama on Tuesday calls for sweeping changes in American medical care, some of which will take effect this year and others that will be phased in over the next several years.