March 18th, 2010
By April 15, more than two-thirds of Vermont households will have filed an application for an income sensitivity adjustment to their property taxes. The income sensitivity program is one of the fastest growing parts of the state budget, and probably cannot be sustained in its current form much longer.
VERGENNES — Alderman David Austin on Tuesday told his colleagues that a Vergennes resident has started a petition for a citywide revote on the question of whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should change its governance system.
Vergennes residents voted on March 2 by a 232-142 margin, or 62-38 percent, in favor of a switch to one board to govern all four ANwSU schools. The other four ANwSU towns joined the city by similar margins — the overall percentage tally was 63-37.
There are four Canada geese on the opposite side of Otter Creek as I write this, standing on the tiny frozen edge of what was once an enormous sheet of ice. They look fat and proud of themselves, having weathered another winter and made it home to Vermont.
I’d like to report that these happy harbingers of spring have brightened my day, as they so optimistically survey their warming domain and search for nesting sites.
But I can also peer out the window and, in addition to the geese, see my snowboard lying forlornly on the deck in the 50-degree sunshine.
ADDISON COUNTY — All four local high school girls’ basketball teams ended up with something to brag about this winter: All won Division-II playoff games after faring well enough to earn home court for the first round.
And all four benefited from outstanding performances, none better than that of Middlebury junior Katie Ritter, who repeats as the Addison Independent Player of the Year.
MIDDLEBURY — For 18 years, Noonie Deli owner Karen Phelps has been serving up giant sandwiches — with heaping helpings of kind words on the side at no extra charge.
Monday saw Phelps pass her apron and cutting board over to a new owner, Bryan Phelps of Weybridge, who although unrelated shares not only her last name, but also a desire to keep the popular Middlebury deli operating in the same manner that has kept the customers coming through the years.
Now, Karen Phelps is ready for change.
It wasn’t until last year, when he was 97, that I told my dad to his face that I loved him.
It was an awkward declaration, and I don’t remember his response. He might have said he loved me, too. It really didn’t matter what he said: I knew he loved me. And I have no doubt he knew that I loved him, too.
Instead of saying “I love you,” we would say to each other, “How ‘bout those Red Sox?” For my dad and me, sports were the medium of our sharing.
LINCOLN — At first glance, the classroom-turned-dressing room at the Lincoln Community School looked on Tuesday night like the staging grounds of your average elementary school play.
Fifth- and sixth-graders bustled to and fro, snatching up pieces of their costumes and patiently waiting turns at makeshift hair and makeup stations. Teacher Alice Leeds darted from school gymnasium to classroom, from classroom to gymnasium, herding volunteer musicians into place as the students prepared for their first dress rehearsal.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of essays about politics and the moral life by Victor Nuovo, Middlebury College professor emeritus of philosophy. The essays develop themes from a work by the philosopher Plato titled “Laws,” which he wrote shortly before his death in 347 BCE. “Laws” is written as a dialogue involving three old men with long experience in politics: Cleinias from the Cretan city of Cnossos, Megillus from Sparta, and an Athenian stranger who is not named, but who may be Plato himself.