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September 19th, 2016
Voters of Bridport, Weybridge, and New Haven: To borrow a phrase from Forrest Gump, “Politicians are like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get.” With that in mind, I’d like to offer some insight into the box of chocolates with the odd name who’s campaigning to be your state representative.
This week’s writer is Mariah Neilsen, a Middlebury College junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. She just wrapped up a summer internship at the Middlebury Area Land Trust.
ADDISON COUNTY — An accord reached on Tuesday between the Vermont Agency of Education and the three Addison County school districts has defused what was looming as a significant financial hit for area parents and dozens of early education providers participating in the state’s new universal pre-K program.
At issue was a decision by Addison Central, Northeast and Northwest supervisory unions to delay implementation of the universal pre-K program, including payments to local providers.
CORNWALL — Celebrated flutist Karen Kevra has always drawn a crowd, particularly when it comes to the popular Capital City Concerts (CCC) that have brought world-class chamber music to the Montpelier area since 2000. And like the legendary Pied Piper of Hamlin, Kevra is confident that CCC enthusiasts will follow her to the Middlebury area, which will now host some of the concerts thanks to her relocation to Cornwall.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes duo has big plans for a small gallery that throws open its doors this Friday.
Northern Daughters is the art gallery owned and operated by Justine Jackson and Sophie Pickens, lifelong friends who have endeavored to share their lifelong appreciation for art by creating a space where they can showcase all sorts of work.
CORNWALL — Cheryl and Marc Cesario, farmers of Meeting Place Pastures, purchased 90 acres from their neighbor Matt Bonner, who had conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust in order to make it more affordable to the Cesarios.
Cheryl and Marc moved to Cornwall in 2009 when they purchased their first property, also conserved with the Vermont Land Trust, to start their family business. Before that, Cheryl and Marc had been farming in separate locations, Cheryl on a dairy in South Hero, and Marc with livestock in Massachusetts.
ADDISON — A half-dozen Addison residents turned out on Monday night at Addison Central School to learn more about and comment on a proposed town plan that could lay the groundwork for new zoning laws.
Those laws, to be created only after the selectboard ultimately adopts a plan, could allow for smaller lots in the town’s biggest zoning district and create permanent regulations at the town level on solar arrays and windmills. The town now has interim regulations on the siting of solar arrays that the selectboard adopted in July.
NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Public Service Board hearing officer on the proposed Next Generation Solar Farm on Field Days Road has ordered a site visit, New Haven selectboard chair Kathy Barrett told her board at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The site visit is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m.