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July 18th, 2013
Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on animal cruelty and how local government and animal welfare advocates deal with it. Click to read Part 1 and Part 3.
By LUKE WHELAN
The Internet can be an amazing resource. It breaks down the limitations of time and space, putting you in touch with people around the world and making most information immediately accessible to anyone who can use a search engine. The Internet is a connector, and it enables dialogues and associations that would never have happened otherwise.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s offer to provide $5.5 million to the town of Middlebury to help construct a new municipal building and gym comes a year and a half after the institution offered $2.875 million in aid for a similar project, according to Selectman Craig Bingham, who this week decided to divulge the proposal that he said was discussed and rejected by the board during a Dec. 6, 2011, executive session meeting.
Last weekend my husband Mark and I spent two nights over in Warren, thus honoring our longstanding custom of getting away alone together once every 19 years. While there, we went tubing down the Mad River (easy), tried paddle boarding on Blueberry Lake (a bit more work) and, best of all, played disc golf at Sugarbush (nearly impossible).
ADDISON COUNTY — We may be going through a heat wave right now, but Addison County’s religious community is already organizing shelter for people who will find themselves homeless this coming winter when this week’s hot and hazy conditions will be a distant memory.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) will issue loans that will allow three area businesses to ramp up their respective production of croutons, whiskey and a traditional Indian smoothie called “lassi.”
Robin Scheu, executive director of the ACEDC, confirmed on Monday her organization will lend a combined total of around $120,000 to Olivia’s Croutons of New Haven, DAHlicious Lassi of Shoreham and the new Appalachian Gap Distillery in Middlebury’s industrial park.
Our weather has transformed suddenly from rain to heat. As we discussed last month, the endless rains dampened hayfields preventing them from harvest; dampened cornfields, preventing them from growing; and drowned farmers’ spirits. Lately, the sunshine and heat have allowed fields to dry a bit and farmers have finally been able to mow and bale their hay.
ST. ALBANS — The House of Representatives passed a stripped down Farm Bill last Thursday night without dairy programs and food stamps. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., called it “a political stunt.”
The bill passed 216-208, without a single Democrat supporting it.
“This is less a Farm Bill than a leadership designed train wreck,” said Welch. “This has got all the earmarks of a political fix.”
The bill was debated under rules prohibiting legislators from offering amendments.