November 19th, 2015
BRANDON — Brandon officials have asked representatives from Ranger Solar to attend the next selectboard meeting and answer additional questions about a massive 100-acre solar array the company plans to construct off Syndicate Road.
Brandon Town Manager Dave Atherton and selectboard Chair Doug Bailey met with Ranger Solar Development Manager Liz Peyton on Nov. 6 to express their concerns about the increased traffic on Syndicate Road. A Class III road currently in poor condition, the road leads to the property where the solar array would be built.
BURLINGTON — University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H hosted the annual 4-H Dairy Challenge on Nov. 15 in Burlington. The event attracted 110 participants, a record-breaking turnout.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury holiday tradition is once again singing and dancing its way into town at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium during the “Very Merry Middlebury Weekend” Dec. 4-6. Middlebury Community Players Foundations presents “The Nutcrackers Adventure,” a new retelling of the original “Nutcracker” story in musical form.
VERMONT — Grants are now available to support projects that advance long-term or permanent physical enhancements to aquatic and riparian habitat in the tributaries of Lake Champlain through the Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.
BRISTOL — Christian personality Scott Davis will present a music and comedy concert titled “Hope Through Hilarity” at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 22. The performance is open to all.
Davis is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where he attended on a full scholarship for traveling with the Light Singers. While work in toward his degree in cross-cultural studies, he traveled across the U.S. and to 10 foreign countries.
What is this country coming to?
According to the news, Black Friday, that day-after-Thanksgiving retail frenzy we have all come to love and fear, is getting scaled back.
This year, some retailers are encouraging people to max out their credit cards over the entire month leading up to Christmas, rather than just on one heady, potentially life-threatening day.
We can’t let this happen.
Recently there has been some controversy over the decision at Porter Medical Center to no longer provide health care benefits to workers, including nurses, who are employed over 20 hours per week, but under 30 hours. The argument at first glance sounds compelling; we in Addison County benefit from having a medical center in Middlebury, and Porter needs to trim extra expenses in order to keep its doors open.
I strongly advocate for the passage of the Healthy Workplace Bill H.187. Passing the bill would give many more workers paid sick days and be a step towards a healthier Vermont for all.