June 16th, 2016
I’ve got an idea: I’m going to write a children’s book.
I’m calling it “Master Overbuilder and Lazy J Work on the Garden,” a whimsical tale about a married couple and one of their many adventures. (It is purely fictional and not based on anything that happened at my house two weekends ago.)
Dear Gov. Shumlin,
Today I was at the regional planning commission office Middlebury to witness your signing of S.260. It was the last legislation that you signed into law, and Middlebury and Addison County were honored to have this historic event happen here.
In response to Anna Rose Benson’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, June 9), she brings up a good point: to avoid planting non-native trees. Unfortunately, our street tree selections are becoming more limited every year, with new diseases and pests arriving and attacking our native trees.
ADDISON COUNTY — Solar arrays at Champlain Orchards and at Middlebury College are part of Renewable Energy Vermont’s second annual Celebrate Solar Day this Saturday, June 18.
Solar sites around the state will be hosting public tours, giving folks a chance to tour a variety of facilities and ask questions about solar power.
VERGENNES — This past Friday was a beautiful evening for a graduation at Vergennes Union High School. Overhead, the light blue sky was streaked with wispy little white clouds. As the families of the graduates made their way from their parked cars to Commodore Thomas Macdonough Gymnasium, long rays of sunlight greeted them, brilliantly illuminating the green of the trees and grass and the reddish dirt of the baseball field.
Yet, there were precious few moments to admire this picturesque scene. Inside, the ceremonies were about to begin.
VERGENNES — Zig Zag Lit Mag is a recently founded arts and literature magazine supporting Addison County’s creative community. The volunteer editorial board of the magazine, a group of seven Vergennes-area residents, recently received a $1,750 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further Zig Zag’s mission to connect and sustain a community of local writers and readers by enabling them to create a physical and online space for publication of local work.
MIDDLEBURY— Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has achieved its first-ever 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the highest CMSlevel of rating for quality of care, staffing and results from health department inspections. Inaddition to notifying the facility, CMS publishes the data on its Nursing Home Compare websitewhere it is available to the public.
So it’s come to this.
The selectboard in New Haven is spending taxpayer money tilting at windmills. Well, actually, tilting at solar panels.
The board is using public money to ask the Vermont Supreme Court to overturn approval of an appropriately sited, state-approved solar energy project in the town.
The board and a minority of New Haven residents have criticized solar projects in the town for being too visible from Route 7. These projects, they worry, can disrupt valley and mountain views.