March 17th, 2014
VERGENNES — When building a new home it is important that it is energy-efficient and has a light carbon footprint, said builder Ken Ruddy — but not because of the awards it can win (although Ruddy’s new home in Vergennes has been honored).
“It’s simple economics,” said the founder and owner of the North Ferrisburgh design/build company Fiddlehead Construction. “It pays for itself from day one.”
If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.
That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.
Over the course of the last few years, Vermont has done a relatively decent job adjusting to the economic downturn of the “great recession.” Indeed, we have shown ourselves to be adept at austerity. Now, the question is, can Vermont adapt in ways that foster economic prosperity?
If anyone is wondering why our roadsides have more litter than normal, here is a reason. When snow melts, a new crop of bottles and cans and coffee cups appears, thrown out by trashy people who don’t care about how the state looks. They don’t care that their mother doesn’t work picking up after them.
I have been a homecare provider for eight years now and was faced with many hardships through my job and nowhere to turn to help make these programs work better for everyone. It wasn’t until two years ago, when we started to organize our union with the help of Vermont Homecare United, we won the right to have a union.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently issued a log of their activities this past December.
On Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. they responded to a report that a teenage girl was approached on the sidewalk between Mount Abraham Union High School and Liberty Street by a man unknown to her.
The man called the girl by the name of a different girl, and attempted to hug her. The girl refused the embrace and insisted he had mistaken her for someone else.
MIDDLEBURY — A potential strike by Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) drivers would have an impact on the Addison County Transit Resources’ Burlington Link Express that buses riders between Middlebury and Burlington.
As of Friday afternoon, CCTA drivers are slated to go on strike as of Monday, March 17, after having rejected the latest contract offer.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 5,000 people flooded closed off Main Street in downtown Middlebury on Saturday, March 8, for the 6th Annual Vermont Chili Fest. Braving cooler than expected temperatures and a brisk wind, residents and visitors to Middlebury enjoyed a variety of chili made from local restaurateurs, businesses and organizations, music, street performers, face painting and an after-event beverage tent with live music from The Grift.
Festivalgoers sampled 35 different chilies from 31 vendors and voted for their favorites in each category. The winners were: