January 7th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — It was way too frigid to pause for a view of the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury last week, but a work crew braved the elements to rough out the contours of a new park area in the Marble Works that will really start to take shape next spring.
The legislative session that began this week will be one of the most important in years. Key budget policy issues — for the state and for school districts — are on the agenda. Vermont Yankee’s license expires in just over two years, and the Legislature must take positive action if the plant is to continue operating. Much of the session will be driven by the politics of the first open-seat gubernatorial campaign in eight years.
VERGENNES — A workers’ advocacy group is lobbying the 2010 Legislature to reserve some time for healthcare reform during a busy session that is likely to focus on the future of Vermont Yankee and a fiscal year 2011 state budget shortfall that’s being estimated at $150 million.
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I fully intended on making ricotta and writing about it for last week's Table Talk.
As sometimes happens in life, though, not everything worked out according to plan. I invested in some good whole milk, heated it up, made mozzarella (which also didn't turn out so well, but I'm not going to go into that), then heated the whey to 200 degrees and strained it, or tried to. In the end, the coffee filter I used barely let the whey flow through, and after an hour it had drained off less than half a cup.
The year 2009 was not just about news. To wrap up the old year, we asked photographer Trent Campbell to pick his 10 best shots. This is what he came up with.
A note from Trent: My top 10 photographs of the year are really just 10 moments from 2009 that stuck with me. They may not be my best shots or most artistic or most compelling, but they all strike a chord in me.l
For better or for worse there won’t be another year like 2009.
In Addison County, we sometimes found ourselves buffeted by forces from outside the region while other times we were caught up in situations of our own making. Sometimes the results put circumstances in our favor, and at others we simply seemed to be at the mercy of the fates. All in all it made for a lively news year.
Here are our top 10 stories for 2009.
For 80 years, the Champlain Bridge had weathered many a storm — along with supporting around 3,400 vehicles per day — as a key transportation link between Vermont and New York.
But the bridge’s history came to a very abrupt end in late December, when it was demolished to make way for a new span that is tentatively scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2011.
Seems like almost everyone was tightening their belts in 2009 as Vermont felt the impact of the national economic slide that many began calling the “Great Recession.”
As 2009 dawned, state lawmakers were scrambling to pare back the current year’s state budget by $47 million to make up for projected shortfalls in tax revenues. This was in addition to the $20 millions already cut from the 2008-2009 spending plan.