November 9th, 2009
Senate President Pro Temp Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith are right to question the alleged benefits of allowing Entergy to spin off its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant (and five others) into a separate holding company called Enexus. On the face of it, the spin-off does little more than free Entergy, a debt-free and profitable company, of future expense while creating a new company — loaded with debt — to shoulder the burden of decommissioning five aging nuclear plants in the not-so-distant future.
Finding the benefit to Vermont in such a deal is perplexing.
CORRECTION: This article originally reported that David Fenster would be sworn in at the Addison County courthouse at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. In fact, Fenster will be sworn in at 3 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Deputy State’s Attorney Christopher Perkett confirmed on Thursday that he will not challenge incoming prosecutor David Fenster in the November 2010 election.
ADDISON — Earl Bessett watched the one-seater bomber plane approach from the gunner stack of the USS Hunt. As it skimmed overhead, its wingtip just feet from where he stood, Bessett saw the man inside of the open cockpit: a Japanese kamikaze fighter with a red scarf flowing out behind him. In the year and a half he had served on the ship, Hunt had never been so close to being killed.
BRISTOL — “Fire at will!” shouted Mount Abraham Union High School physics teacher Tom Tailer, raising his air horn high above his head and sounding the start of the war games with a loud blast.
Decked out in a cap and vest, the cuffs of his pants tucked into his boots, Tailer looked the part of the army commander he played last Thursday. At his signal, the battlefield outside of the Bristol high school erupted into a melee.
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Seniors at Middlebury College are studying the harvesting standards for biomass at the college's new biomass plant, which the college fired up last winter.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Public Radio officials are hoping to reach a harmonious accord with Middlebury selectmen to get a transmitter placed on the Chipman Hill tower in order to establish a classical radio station to serve the county.
MIDDLEBURY — Ken Dabbs on Dec. 23 will step down after a very brief, but tremendously productive tenure as executive director of Community Health Services of Addison County’s Open Door Clinic.
Dabbs took the helm of the fledgling free clinic in July of 2007, when its staff consisted of a part-time director, case manager and a handful of volunteer physicians, nurses and other health care professionals operating out of a small space at 812 Exchange St. in Middlebury.
BRANDON — Brandon police are looking for the public’s help in locating the person or persons who robbed a Brandon storeowner recently.
Police Chief Christopher Brickell said in a press release that a man entered Union Street Grocery at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 brandishing a weapon and demanding cash from the register. Storeowner Raj Mastaram was working alone behind the register when the incident took place, and there was one customer in the store at the time. Witnesses said two other customers entered the store as the robbery took place. There were no injuries.