January 27th, 2014
Editor’s note: This is an open letter to the Vermont Lake Shoreland commissioners.
I am writing as a citizen of Vermont who has spent his life on Vermont waterways. I grew up on the Battenkill River and went to summer camp on Lake Sunset in Benson. I have swum and canoed in lakes from Somerset Reservoir to Lake Memphremagog. I have worked on Lake Champlain for 20 years and am now the coordinator of citizen-science river monitoring program.
PANTON — Ed and Beverly Biello were not considering conservation when they bought a home and land in Panton in 2000. Their property had scenic views of Lake Champlain with good access from Adams Ferry Road so they looked into selling house lots.
This week’s writer is Ron Liebowitz, president of Middlebury College.
Last year several members of the Middlebury selectboard approached the college with a straightforward proposal: Would we join forces with the town to help realize its long-held desire to replace the aging municipal building and gymnasium?
House Bill 526 provides an object lesson in what’s wrong with the legislative mindset.
The bill, which was recently passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, seeks to regulate “lake shoreland protection standards.”
The intent of the legislation, like so many other bills, is all well and good. In short, the mission of the legislation is to ensure clean water in our public lakes. No one, literally, no one, is against that premise.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury recycling firm is drastically downsizing its operations and selling its building after months of sparring and a court battle with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Good Point Recycling’s president points to the ANR for some of the firm’s problems, alleging that agency official misrepresented to potential customers the cost of doing business with Good Point.
VERGENNES — Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game between Mount Abraham and the host Vergennes Union High School team looked fairly even on paper beforehand — the Eagles were 2-7 and coming off a strong effort, a stirring overtime win at Otter Valley, while the 3-7 Commodores on the previous Friday had slumped in an 18-point loss at Fair Haven.
Instead, the evening may have answered the question of what happens when one team puts its best foot forward, and the other does not: The Commodores opened the game on a 14-3 run on the way to a 66-32 victory.
ESSEX — Five local wrestlers earned top-six finishes at the Michael J. Baker Classic, hosted this past weekend by Essex High School.
Three Vergennes Union High School athletes reached the podium to help the Commodores finish 12th with 70 points: Kaegan Pearsall took second at 160 pounds, Brandon Cousino was fifth at 152, and Ethan Reardon placed fifth at 113.
Two Otters placed as Otter Valley Union High School took 18th with 32 points: Adam Sherwin took fifth at 220, and Tyson Cram finished sixth in the 120-pound class.