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Editor's note: Laurie L. Patton took office on July 1 as the 17th president of Middlebury College. She will contribute to these pages from time to time.
In our national dialogue, education reform has been reduced to recitations about “international economic competitiveness” poorly garnished with a myopic sprinkling of test scores. But two recent Vermont reports suggest we embrace a broader and more interactive view of society and education. One is the Vermont Roots Migration Project released last December comparing young people who stayed in the state with those who left. The second is the Department of Labor’s workforce projections.
The key findings of the Vermont Roots report:
I am writing in reference to former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas’ guest editorial July 27. In his editorial, Mr. Douglas laid out all the benefits that the VGS gas transmission pipeline will bring to the towns of Middlebury and Vergennes. Unfortunately, like many other proponents, he skips over the other important part of the equation, which is where is the money coming from to pay for it.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has successfully applied the brakes on a $55 million, three-year fix for its two downtown rail bridges and is now sitting in the driver’s seat in planning a project the community hopes will be less of an impact on local merchants, residents and shoppers.
NEW HAVEN — A standing-room-only crowd packed the meeting room at the New Haven town offices Monday night to hear a proposal for a renewable-energy transmission line project that would bring 400 megawatts of wind power and hydropower from upstate New York into the New England grid at the Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) substation in New Haven.
While some welcomed the potentially huge property tax payments the project would bring to New Haven, others worried that it would have an undue adverse impact on the rural landscape.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents overwhelmingly voted to join the Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) in Tuesday’s election.
“We’re thrilled that people turned out to vote and supported what the selectboard feels is the right decision for Bristol,” said Therese Kirby, Bristol town administrator.
The town voted 173 to 8 in favor of joining ACSWMD and 172 to 8, with one spoiled ballot, to ratify the admission agreement worked out between the selectboard and ACSWMD this past July.
SALISBURY — During the last weekend before schools resumed, the beach at Branbury State Park was closed after more than 50 swimmers reported that they were sick to their stomachs.
Vermont State Parks officials closed the beach on Friday, Aug. 21, due to a suspected norovirus outbreak.