June 7th, 2010
CORNWALL — William Conlon got his first up-close-and-personal taste of politics last month when he won election as next year’s 11th-grade class president at Middlebury Union High School.
It will be an abbreviated term for the new office-holder, but that’s OK. That’s because Conlon will be leaving MUHS next January to spend five months on arguably the biggest political stage in the world — Washington, D.C., where Conlon will spend about five months as a U.S. Senate page representing the state of Vermont.
VERGENNES — Goodrich Corp.’s Vergennes plant will benefit from the latest installment on a $300 million contract with the U.S. Army for the company’s Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS), which are used to monitor the operating status of key engine and rotor parts on military and commercial helicopters, according to a Wednesday press release from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 25 gave permission to Vergennes Opera House backers to sell the theater’s no-longer-used fixed chairs as a way to help pay for the sprinkler project that will benefit the Main Street building that houses both the theater and city offices.
The cost of that project to protect the building recently ballooned from about $60,000 to $80,000 when it was learned there was not enough water pressure in the original design to reach the top of the structure. City Manager Mel Hawley said an extra pump needed would add about $20,000 to the cost.
For years, the governor has been repeating a mantra: Vermont is bad for business. Its taxes are too high, its environmental regulations too onerous, its schools too expensive, he says.
This year he convinced lawmakers to lower taxes. His evidence came from a pretty solid source: the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the same source he’s been citing for years; this time it was reported in Vermont Business Magazine in May.
MIDDLEBURY — The second-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team outworked and outscored visiting No. 7 Brattleboro in a Division I quarterfinal on Friday, taking a 16-5 second-half lead on the way to a 16-10 win.
Sisters Chrissy Ritter (a sophomore with six goals) and junior Katie Ritter (five goals, two assists) grabbed the scoring headlines.
NEW HAVEN — Motorists in New Haven can expect to put on the brakes when they head through the heart of the village for the next few weeks as work begins on 830 feet of the town’s first sidewalk.
Kennedy Construction of North Ferrisburgh is expected to break ground next week on the project, which will slightly enlarge the village green, install sidewalks along the green and North Street to Beeman Elementary School, and construct a safer crosswalk across Route 17 in New Haven.
MONTPELIER — Gov. James Douglas on Thursday allowed a voluntary school consolidation bill to become law without his signature.
Douglas, a Middlebury Republican, declined to sign bill H.66 because he said it did not go far enough in promoting the merger of education resources during an era of rising school budgets and declining enrollment in Vermont.
WALTHAM — When Tonya Beer drove through Addison County last year, it occurred to her that it would be a great place to start a kennel.
“I started coming to this area, and everywhere I went I saw dogs,” she said.
Beer, who had co-owned a kennel in the Northeast Kingdom, moved to Addison County in November. She and Matt LaValley, the groomer at her kennel, had already discussed the possibility of opening a business together, and after the move LaValley came down to help look for a space.