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August 28th, 2014
BRANDON — For better or worse, Brandon has a budget.
In this, the last town in Vermont to pass a municipal spending plan, voters approved a budget on the fifth try Tuesday by a vote of 534-472.
But considering the austerity needed for voter approval, it is not exactly a time for celebration. Voters and officials alike are feeling bruised and beaten after five months of financial wrangling, finger pointing and frustration.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Hard Cider officials estimate that 7,500 to 8,000 people turned out for the company’s “Ciderbration” event in Middlebury on Saturday, Aug. 23.
BRISTOL — The Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team in Burlington looked in their own backyard to fill an open roster spot by signing a Bristol native to a one-day contract.
The Class-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics signed catcher Ethan Fritz, who became a free agent after a strong season this spring with the Bristol Eagles.
Not bad for a kid who’s just 11.
ADDISON COUNTY — Lobbying for write-in support on Tuesday were the three candidates for Addison County side judge: Alice George of Middlebury, Mark Smith of Middlebury and Irene Poole of Ripton. No one had filed nomination papers for the county’s two side judge vacancies at the filing deadline in June. So George, Smith and Poole have all decided to lobby for the minimum 50 write-in votes they will need to get on the Nov. 4 ballot.
I am, by any contemporary definition, a political liberal. No other approach seems to me both practical and morally justifiable.
But I’ve got enough journalistic skepticism to know that not all the liberal truths are really true. And not seeing the truth, in all its nuances, can be dangerous for any political philosophy. (See pre-World War II isolationism; or “We can bring democracy to the Mideast by invading Iraq.”)
Our daughter recently got her learner’s permit, so you know what that means: Mother is going to need a sedative.
Let me be clear: There is nothing wrong with my daughter’s driving skills so far. There is a lot wrong with my skills as a passenger.
I don’t consider myself a control freak in general. But traveling in a car in which I can’t reach the brake pedal terrifies me. In fact, it’s the primary reason I don’t have a chauffeur.
As the weather begins to turn colder, homeowners may be thinking about their heating bills for the upcoming winter.
Bravos! Heartfelt congratulations cheerfully extended to the talented young locals of high school age who sang and danced their way across Town Hall Theater’s stage on Aug. 21 in great style. They kept their audience laughing and in awe as these creative young people made “Ondine” and “Young Frankenstein” their own. And they brought it off in just 18 days under the superb direction of Kendra Gratton and Lindsay Pontius and Middlebury College student Zach Lounsbury.