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July 20th, 2015
Last week I traveled to Toronto to attend the Climate Summit of the Americas, which brought together Pan-American governmental, advocacy, energy and climate change leaders to share ideas on how we can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and capitalize on a cleaner energy economy to grow jobs and opportunity. I was so proud to represent Vermont at this summit because when it comes to combating climate change and finding opportunity in a green energy future, our state is a world leader.
In regard to all of the solar controversy going on in our world: This is pretty much my response to an e-mail I received pertaining to PSB Docket 8523: The power plant that is proposed for development at 820 Field Days Road in New Haven is seven times the size that our town plan allows. I feel very strongly on my position of responsibility.
I write this letter with a grateful heart. On Monday I unknowingly left my wallet at the Sunoco station on Court Street. It wasn’t until I got to my home in Brandon that I discovered the wallet missing. I was so happy to receive a phone call from Joe at the Sunoco station saying he had my wallet. A woman had found it and turned it in.
I have always had faith in God and people in spite of all the negative press we are bombarded with each day. So I thank Joe and this woman for your kind deed and pray that you will be blessed abundantly.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s downtown merchants and property owners want state and federal transportation authorities to substantially reduce the scope and timeline of a plan to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row rail overpasses, adding that disruption caused by the currently envisioned $50 million project could bankrupt numerous enterprises.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — The area’s mosquito problem is at its peak right now, and the Brandon Leicester Goshen Salisbury Insect Control District has its hands full.
The majority of swarmed residents in the four-town district are flooding their local town offices with calls asking when mosquito spraying will take place, while a few are using social media to find out how to get on the “no-spray” list.
NEW HAVEN — The 10th reunion of the Middlebury Union High School class of 2005 this Saturday will be all about a classmate who unfortunately can’t be there.
The class has decided to make its reunion a fundraiser for Matt Leonard, their friend and classmate who became paralyzed from the chest down following a Feb. 27 skiing accident at Lake Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows resort.
LINCOLN — The New Haven River flows down from the Green Mountains into Otter Creek, and during the last week of July, a graduate student will walk from its headwaters to its confluence — close to 25 miles. Along the way, Sonia DeYoung will introduce herself and her project to as many people along the river as she can, people with whom she hopes to talk in more depth once she completes the walk.
ADDISON COUNTY — Motorists are being warned to expect some delays as work gets under way on some major construction projects that will include replacement of bridges and/or culverts in Bristol, Lincoln, Hancock and Bridport, as well as paving work on portions of Routes 22A, 100 and 7.
Josh Donabedian, transportation and energy planner with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, provided details on the work, some of which has already begun.
The major VTrans projects slated for this summer include: