April 10th, 2017
BRISTOL — For bike advocate and youth leader Melanie Kessler using human-powered transportation is all about joy.
To celebrate that exuberance and to empower others to create their own human power, the 38-year-old Bristol resident is organizing the first annual Human Powered Parade and Celebration, which will be held May 20 in Bristol.
Kessler describes it as a “possibility parade for all things that roll petroleum free.”
STOWE — Two Addison County restaurants were given top honors at Vermont’s annual Tourism Summit, held last week in Stowe. Ian Huizenga of the Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Company in Vergennes was named Top Chef, and Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern was named 2017 Restaurateur of the Year.
MIDDLEBURY— Veteran Sports Illustrated journalist Alex Wolff will examine the recent history of the World Olympic Games on April 19, at 7:30 p.m. In “Five-Ring Circus: Why We Can’t Live With the Olympics — or Without Them,” Wolff will address the risks and rewards of the Olympic Games, and reflect on covering 10 of them, summer and winter, over 36 years with Sports Illustrated.
The talk, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society at 2 Duane Court, Middlebury, is free and open to the public.
FERRISBURGH — After about a year and a half of silence, financial talks might be ready to resume between the town of Ferrisburgh and the Massachusetts companies — Anbaric Transmission and National Grid — proposing a $650 million, 400-megawatt power line that in part would run underground along Ferrisburgh roads.
The companies, now doing business as Green Line Infrastructure Alliance, filed in October an application with the Vermont Public Service Board to run the 60-mile power line from Beekmantown, N.Y., to New Haven.
VERMONT — If you have to get your car inspected this spring to show it meets state safety standards, you’ll likely have to pay a few more dollars for the service than you did last year. But at least you’ll have an assurance that your vehicle and all of the others on Vermont roads might be a little safer.
That’s because the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this spring rolled out a new, electronic system for performing vehicle inspections.
Swinging the Supreme Court to a conservative majority is an honor that solely belongs to Sen. Majority Mitch McConnell. He is the man who led the Republican charge to deny Judge Merrick Garland, a moderate judge based on his past jurisprudence. President Barrack Obama nominated Garland because he reflected mainstream views — not liberal or radical, not ultra conservative, but views the vast majority of Americans could embrace — even most Republicans.
MIDDLEBURY — “New England Review’s” Vermont Reading Serieswill present fiction writers Glen Pourciau and Genevieve Plunkett, poet Bianca Stone, and Middlebury College senior Hannah Nash, representing the student-run“Frame”magazine. They will all read from their recent work at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury, onMonday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
As Jedi Master Yoda famously said, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Vermont would be well served to heed his words as it considers implementation of S.51, the bill to support Vermont’s goal of 90 percent renewable energy by year 2050. In the best of circumstances this is an ambitious goal and in the present bureaucratic mindset it is absolutely unattainable due to the current labyrinthine and anachronistic permitting and licensing process.