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May 5th, 2011
America’s enemy No. 1, dead.
It’s difficult to connect the lifeless body of a man in Pakistan to that blustery day 10 years ago, when the slow hum of a fall morning was punctuated by a whoosh and a shatter of glass, but there you have it. A photo slideshow plastered across the home page of The New York Timeson Monday told the story more concisely than words could: Osama bin Laden in 1988; the Twin Towers burning in 2001; people at Ground Zero in Manhattan on Sunday night, celebrating.
STARKSBORO — This past weekend’s bright blue skies gave a burst of solar energy to Starksboro’s Common Ground Center, where a collection of world-renowned environmentalists, local residents and renewable energy developers congregated on Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the nonprofit’s handicap accessible Eco-Lodge. Generating electricity from eight solar panels that track the sun and deriving hot water and heat from solar hot water heaters, the lodge also takes ecologic strides by using recycled and on-site harvested materials.
Down in the dumps because of the rainy weather? Here’s a surefire way to brighten your mood: This Saturday, go pick up some trash.
No kidding. Picking up trash, along with others in your community on Green Up Day, makes you feel good — even great. That’s because you’ll be a part of a town-wide effort to make everyday life in your town a bit better. It’s because you’ll exhibit pride in your community and others will notice you for that. It’s because it feels good to give to a greater cause.
Two weeks ago, I made the flatlander mistake of assuming that because it was mid-April in Vermont, it was spring.
MONTPELIER — Following public outcry, a conference committee working to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the recent health care bill on Tuesday announced it had removed language that would bar illegal immigrants from health coverage.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ultimately, Vermont snowfall in the winter of 2010-2011 did not set a record, according to data at the Burlington office of the National Weather Service.
This year’s snowfall total in Burlington — figures aren’t kept for Addison County — stood at 128.4 inches as of Tuesday, in third place behind the Nos. 1 and 2 winters in recorded history, the 145.4 inches that fell in 1970-71 and the 132 inches that blanketed Burlington in 1886-87.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County youth will increasingly take center stage in Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater (THT) thanks to a generous donation that has allowed the organization to hire an education director.
Douglas Anderson, THT executive director, this week announced the hiring of Westport, N.Y., resident Lindsay Pontius to a part-time educator’s position in which she will cultivate new youth programming for the next generation of aspiring actors and theater-goers.
MIDDLEBURY — A long-in-the-works hydroelectric project slated for the Otter Creek Falls has taken two positive steps forward in recent weeks, with the Middlebury selectboard issuing a conditional letter of support and the Holm family submitting their plan for review by federal regulators.