July 16th, 2013
This week’s writer is Jake Brown, the communications/government affairs director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
The recent climate action plan laid out by President Obama demonstrates bold leadership. It could chart a clear path forward on energy and climate action for our country, and the world.
This speech, while overdue, is an important challenge to America: If we harness our collective ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit we can turn a potential crisis into opportunity. It is a very positive step.
MIDDLEBURY — The town should step back and consider long-term community needs — including those of the Ilsley Library and downtown parking — before seriously considering ceding public property to Middlebury College in exchange for $5.5 million toward a new, relocated municipal building and a gym.
BRANDON — Brandon has a budget. Voters went back to the polls for a fourth time on Tuesday and the ayes had it, 516-399.
The latest version of the municipal budget asked voters to approve a $3,147,634 spending plan, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That amount represents a $84,084, or 3.7 percent, increase in spending over the current budget. Now that it’s approved, the tax rate will increase to 71.27 cents per $100 of property value, an increase of 2.49 cents over the current rate of 68.78 cents.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on animal cruelty in the area and how officials and the general public react to it. Click to read Part 2 and Part 3.
MIDDLEBURY — An original, fast-paced initiative of the Town Hall Theater’s educational outreach arm has combined favorite scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays into one performance.
Called “Straight-up Shakespeare: The Things We Do for Love,” the 50-minute romp through the drama-filled world of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies is THT’s answer to increasing requests for live Shakespeare shows.
WEYBRIDGE — In a place like Vermont, history is all around us — even hidden in the ground. Archaeologists are currently digging into the pre-Columbian history at a site along the banks of the Otter Creek behind the Huntington Falls hydroelectric facility in Weybridge.
“It’s a Native American encampment, probably dating back to the Middle Woodland period, about 1,600 years ago,” explained David Beale, a staff archaeologist of the Northeast Archaeology Research Center (NEARC) in Farmington, Maine.
ADDISON COUNTY — The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.
The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The endless, unwanted phone calls began for Betty around six weeks ago. The elderly Addison County resident picks up her phone, and the caller — sometimes with an Indian accent — promises her a great deal on emergency response or computer services, all the while trying to mine her for personal information.
“It’s irritating,” said Betty, an octogenarian and already a Lifeline customer through Porter Medical Center who asked that her real name not be used.