April 29th, 2010
Funny how age kind of creeps up on you. And in my house, people are starting to think my age is getting kind of funny. My brother will turn 50 this year, and I am very close on his heels.
Hadn’t given much thought to my internal odometer until earlier this month when our son, Mark, celebrated what he considered to be a pretty noteworthy birthday.
“I can legally get into R-rated movies now,” Mark said with a grin soon before blowing out (without having to use a lot of lung capacity) the paltry 17 candles on his birthday cake.
Trust in government is at a recent low. The Pew Research Center made national news recently with its annual survey revealing that four in five Americans said they had little faith that government could solve the nation’s problems and that they had little trust that government would do the right thing on any major issue. The impact of those findings, the report said, could have implications in mid-term elections this fall.
MIDDLEBURY — These days, singer/songwriter Jer Coons rarely stops moving.
In the months since he released his first album, the 21-year-old Middlebury native has marked several major milestones. For one, he has a single playing in Hollister stores nationwide. For another, this July he will be coming home to headline at Festival on-the-Green.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School officials are looking at spending up to $200,000 this summer to replace one of the school’s boilers and build a new roof on one section of the East Street building.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon said VUES already has $125,000 set aside in a capital fund line item, including $15,000 in its recently approved budget, to help pay for the work.
STARKSBORO — School and town officials in Starksboro are hurriedly considering a plan to install a 150-kilowatt solar array in the town before the expiration of generous state and federal tax credits that would defray the cost of the project.
The selectboard and the Robinson Elementary School board are jointly considering the possible solar array, which officials hope could supply town and school buildings with renewable energy while “locking in” electricity costs for both groups.
MIDDLEBURY — On May 6, Middlebury College’s library will finally get a name. But officials aren’t saying what that name will be.
Since it opened in 2004, the library has been known as the “new” or “main” library. But at a ceremony next Thursday evening, the college will introduce the longtime college alumnus and supporter for whom the library will be named.
In a press release announcing the event, College President Ron Liebowitz spoke of next Thursday’s honoree in glowing terms.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture is overhauling its Vermont Seal of Quality program after a kerfuffle this winter put the allegedly ill-managed program on the chopping block.
But now agency officials, along with Vermont producers, are heading back to the drawing board to revive — and revise — the seal of quality after legislators kept the program alive with a $50,000 appropriation in the jobs bill signed into law by Gov. James Douglas earlier this month.