October 2nd, 2014
BRISTOL — The Bristol Landfill will no longer accept leaf, yard, brush and clean wood debris, the selectboard decreed last week.
The change came after the Department of Environmental Conservation told the town it would no longer authorize the landfill to conduct controlled burns of its brush pile. In a statement, the selectboard said it explored other options, such as hiring a wood chipper or transporting the brush to a separate site for disposal. For now, the board decided to ban the items from the landfill.
NEW HAVEN — An early Tuesday morning blaze destroyed a barn on Daniels Road in New Haven.
Dozens of firefighters from at least five area departments responded to the blaze, which occurred at the Livingston family’s Rail View Dairy Farm. Billowing smoke could be seen from New Haven Junction, half a mile to the east.
Seven minutes to feel hopeful about a continent instead of harboring the perception that it is a land of danger, disease, violence and unchecked terrorism?
Seven minutes to remember the promise of an event 19 years ago in which a group of famous singers and musicians throughout the USA came together to create a medley of hope, understanding and a willingness to give. The event, or national movement, was called USA for Africa and the song they sung was titled “We are the World.” The cause was fighting hunger in African nations.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s growing cadre of natural health care services has taken on some additional luster this summer with creation of the Riverside Natural Health Center (RNHC) in the Star Mill building in Frog Hollow.
VERGENNES — Addison County is gearing up for the general election on Nov. 4. Concern over low voter turnout for the August primary prompted discussions for staging a series of forums and debates for the contested races in the county. One of those events, to be held at the Vergennes Opera House on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will focus exclusively on issues concerning the economy of Addison County and of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont author Ellen Stimson will be at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. for the shop’s October book discussion.
Jeb Spaulding, who has been Gov. Shumlin’s secretary of administration since 2011, will leave the administration in January to become the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. Spaulding’s appointment will benefit the state colleges, but it will present significant challenges for the governor.
Last month I took the practice test for the Common Core, a set of education standards that all American children will have to meet. The test was created by an outfit called the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.” I was aghast and a little dismayed when I saw that Question 17 included the writing mistake that drives me, as an editor, the most crazy. The question read: