August 7th, 2014
Gov. Shumlin has directed agency heads to cut their 2014-2015 budgets by 4 percent to compensate for reduced revenues in the first six months of 2014. The revenue projections and analysis prepared by Tom Kavet, the state government’s long-time economic forecaster, show that all three of Vermont’s major funds are facing serious structural challenges.
It was the middle of the afternoon on a hot August day. Hot August days are not known for good fishing in Vermont, especially for trout. And mid-afternoon might be the worst possible time to fish on a hot summer day. But I hadn’t been fishing in weeks. A major house project combined with a new position at work had sucked up nearly every minute of free time throughout the month of July. My rods had been sitting idle in my office collecting dust and cobweb. I needed to fish. Even if I didn’t catch anything, I needed to fish.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two former horseshoe pitching world champions nearly repeated that feat and several other members of Bristol’s Sodbusters Horseshoe Club also had very strong performances at the World Horseshoe Tournament, which wrapped up a two-week tournament in Buffalo on July 26.
Brian Simmons won the Men’s A class title before capturing second in the final champion round. Fellow Bristol resident Debra Brown did the same in the Women’s A class.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of bikers rumbled into town on their motorcycles Monday morning with a unique goal — to hear pitches from entrepreneurs and owners of business startups looking for advice and capital. The group that gathered at the Middlebury Inn was made up of about a dozen venture capitalists and entrepreneurs with experience in early-stage business investment in Vermont.
VERGENNES — When Joshua Cook received his Eagle Scout badge this summer, he felt thrilled.
At age 19, he had finally completed what he had set out to accomplish at the age of 12. When he accepted his Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes on June 29, it was a culmination of an effort that lasted throughout his teenage years.
WEST HAVEN — Jessey Mueller left the crowd speechless at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, staging a spectacular comeback to win the third annual C.J. Richards Memorial presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete. The 19-year-old from Olmstedville, N.Y., took the fourth round of the Northern Modified Challenge Series with the win, and was joined in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory lane during the evening by Bristol’s Josh Masterson, Shawn Duquette and Bobby LaVair.
My name is Deric Bacon. I live in Middlebury. A lot of you know about the little girl who got hit by a car near Otter Creek Child Center a few months ago. Since then I have been putting the “slow” signs out near the road every day. The OCCC took my picture, did a write-up and put it in the Addison Independent.
Congratulations to Zach Despart and the Addison Independent for its front-page report on the sorry state of Vermont’s overburdened mental health system, under which our prison system has, in effect, become the largest mental health care provider in the state.