June 10th, 2010
NEW HAVEN — A team of Winooski-based engineers is proposing to build one of the state’s largest solar farms on a 40-acre portion of a 180-acre parcel on the west side of Route 7, across from the Hill Top RV Center in New Haven.
The proposed project, on land owned by Albert and Gail Freyer, would feature 178 ground-mounted solar trackers with photovoltaic panels capable of harvesting enough energy to power 500 homes annually. It would also include an organic farm operation calling for sheep and goats to graze near the high-tech equipment.
Editor’s note — You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the personal stories from friends and neighbors: Vermont needs to create more opportunities for its young people or else they will leave the state. But many young adults choose to stay here and many others return after a few years away.
ADDISON COUNTY — As students at the region’s four high schools this weekend take their diplomas in hand, the question on many minds will likely be, “What next?”
That Addison County might be the location of one of the state’s largest solar farms is exciting news in as much as it is another example of “green energy” being built for a future that is not so directly tied to fossil fuels. It is exciting, too, because when new technologies for such basic commodities as energy are used locally, that often sparks a corresponding interest in jobs related to that field — among students of solar energy, as well as niche businesses that might one-day feed into the solar energy industry.
VERGENNES — Officials from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) in late May revoked the license of the operator of Alden Place Residential Care Home LLC in Vergennes for a series of 23 alleged violations that DAIL Deputy Commissioner Brendan Hogan said affected “the health and safety of the residents.”
I always thought I’d be able to tell folks exactly where I was when I decided to run my first long-distance race. You know, one of those sobering, psych-yourself-up moments you never forget.
Turned out to be quite the anti-climax, really. We were riding in the car around four months ago when our son, Mark, blurted out, “Dad, we’re running the half-marathon in Burlington this May.”
“Thanks for signing me up, son,” I believe I muttered under my breath. “Did you put me down for the firing squad, too?”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) has spent the past 40 years delivering critical medical services to ailing county residents.
Now the MVAA is hoping the community will help it deliver on a new, state-of-the-art emergency response headquarters that is nearing completion on land just north of Porter Medical Center off South Street.
The 2010 Vermont election cycle will feature competitive races for many statewide offices, including secretary of state. After 12 years as secretary of state, Deb Markowitz is stepping down to run for governor. In recent years, several secretaries of state have gone on to become candidates for higher offices, including Markowitz, Jim Douglas (secretary of state from 1980 to 1992), and, for those with longer memories, Jim Guest (secretary of state from 1976 to 1980).