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Two recent proposals by Gov. Peter Shumlin conflict in surprising ways, and neither serve the state’s best interest.
Let me explain.
BRISTOL — Saturday’s high school girls’ basketball game between Mount Abraham and Mill River started out looking like a breeze for the host Eagles, but it ended with the Eagles having to make several clutch plays in the final minutes to pull out a 37-35 win.
In the opener for both squads, Mount Abe allowed MRU to score just three first-half hoops on the way to a 21-11 lead at the break.
BRISTOL — The Bristol landfill, one of two remaining town-owned dumps in the state, is on course to close in 2029. But to meet that deadline, the town of Bristol requires a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) certification from the Waste Management Division every five years.
MIDDLEBURY — Tropical Storm Irene blew out of Vermont more than three months ago, but its after-effects continue to be seen not only in the form of scarred asphalt and damaged roads, but on the ledgers of human service agencies trying to raise money to put people back on their feet.
MIDDLEBURY — A visit from the Mexican consul general last Saturday brought out hundreds of members of an often invisible population in Addison County.
In a fair-like atmosphere at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, Mexican nationals — many of them workers on area dairy farms — applied for passports and ID cards, registered to vote, sought medical help and received guidance on labor rights and educational opportunities from staff of the Mexican Consulate in Boston and from various other organizations.
MIDDLEBURY — When the opening strains of organ and choral music swell to fill Mead Chapel each December for the annual Lessons and Carols service, many area residents sense they have truly entered the Christmas season. Now in its 40th year, the program of Bible readings and carols for choir, organ and congregation is an invitation for community members to be transformed.
BRISTOL — A vibrant community discussion about public input in Bristol municipal government has grown out of an incident last month, when acting Bristol Planning Commission Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from resident John “Slim” Pickens.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board this month will further refine a 2012-2013 budget draft for Middlebury Union Middle and High schools. The current draft reflects a 4.1-percent increase in spending just to cover contracted teacher salary raises and benefits, projected hikes in energy costs, and a rise in special education transportation expenses.