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August 24th, 2015
MONTPELIER — If you haven’t completed a Vermont hunter education course but want to before hunting seasons, this is the time to act according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
“Vermont’s volunteer instructors of hunter education courses are scheduling their courses now on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website,” said Nicole Meier, hunter education specialist. “The courses have started and will continue for a few weeks, and fewer courses will be available by October because many instructors will be hunting.”
Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith officially announced his candidacy for governor as a Democrat in typical fashion: a straightforward announcement that nonchalantly recapped his life and career in Vermont, while intoning Vermont as a “state of opportunity” and implying that helping Vermonters realize those opportunities would be the foundation of his campaign — minus any lofty rhetoric or grand visions.
Nobody likes to take tests, myself included.
So it was with a fair amount of trepidation that I accepted Secretary Holcombe’s invitation to take the new Smarter Balanced Assessments in April. My anxiety increased when I entered Montpelier High to discover we would be taking the 11th-grade math assessments. Three of us had accepted the challenge and each suppressed visions of impending public humiliation like that reserved for adult contestants on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”
So why did we agree to do this?
Driving into Middlebury from Cornwall on Route 30 I am confronted by the very large roof of the new Middlebury town hall, facing south. I just hope that the Middlebury selectmen are future thinking enough to have planned to insert solar panels on that space.
Fossil fuels are non-renewable. Thus, the world and the U.S. are running out of these energy sources. In about 100 years they will be gone, and solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and nuclear will be our main sources. It is not too early to start adjusting whenever possible.
Full disclosure first: I don’t live in Middlebury but you might think so from the amount of time and money I spend there. I live across the lake in New York but the majority of everything from shopping to medical care is done in Vermont, and most of that in Middlebury.
And I’m not alone — it’s unusual for me not to meet another New Yorker on my trips. I mourn the loss of Greg’s Market as much as anyone. And yes, we feel like we do have a horse in this race: the question of any development behind the Ilsley Library.
Last week my family and I vacationed in Maine. We stayed near Popham Beach. I had the chance to walk down to the mouth of the Kennebec River and say my daily prayers.
The union of the river and the ocean was a fitting place to greet the world, offering me a place to chant, “May the healing light of love fill the planet and all beings on it.”
Along came an apologetic woman with her two plodding, drooling dogs. She did not want to interrupt the “zen” of the moment.
The After Dark Music Series presents Loudon Wainwright III at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
SALISBURY -- Vermont State Parks officials on Friday closed the swimming beach at Branbury State Park in Salisbury.
They said a swim water sample taken last Wednesday showed an extremely low ecoli reading (6 per 100 ml of water), but officials said the beach was been closed “as a prudent precaution” after the Vermont Department of Health received several reports of sickness by recent Branbury park visitors.