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February 26th, 2015
SALISBURY — When the thermometer dips below zero as it did in Salisbury on Monday, the only way you’d think you’d spy a trout is in the frozen food section of the supermarket or by drilling a hole through more than a foot of ice out on Lake Dunmore.
Then again, we can’t all be Al Moorhouse, a fish culture specialist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department who helps operate the state’s Fish Culture Station in Salisbury.
“We might have 40,000 fish here at any given time,” Moorhouse said.
This hasn’t been the easiest of winters. Perhaps you’ve noticed.
Most years we at least get a January thaw, a few gentle days that bolster our spirits enough to get us through the miserable days still to come. This year, we’ve had approximately one day above freezing since Labor Day, and enough days below zero that I keep thinking my thermometer is broken. (If only.)
BOSTON — The Addison Independent won 18 editorial and 10 advertising and design awards at the annual conference of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) this past weekend in Boston.
The Independent competes in the largest non-daily category with circulations of greater than 6,000. Competition is among all six New England states and includes papers with circulations several times larger than the Independent’s 7,800, including some more than 30,000.
Entering the Town Meeting break there are three topics that have percolated to the top of legislators’ lunch break discussions. Those subjects are solving the state revenue projected shortfall, changes in public education, and water quality issues, especially surrounding Lake Champlain. What are my thoughts on these issues?
Energy Independent Vermont recently proposed adopting a revenue neutral carbon tax in Vermont. The concept is simple. Tax what you don’t want — carbon pollution — to drive demand for cleaner, carbon-free forms of heat, transportation and electricity. As a mother who wants to leave my daughters a healthy planet and a sustainable economy, I support a carbon tax because it is the best way to achieve both.
There’s an old story about the Vermont farmer who had his farm in the Connecticut River Valley.
Over the years, the river had changed course several times and eventually, out-of-state surveyors were hired to determine exactly where the state line was.
When their work was completed, it fell to one of the surveyors to tell the old Vermont farmer that his land was in fact not in Vermont, but was actually in New Hampshire.
“I’m mighty glad to hear that!” the farmer said.