January 23rd, 2014
NORTHFIELD — Vergennes Union High School junior Chris Castillo finished third in both the high and triple jumps to highlight the efforts of local athletes at Saturday’s indoor track meet, which was held at Norwich University.
Commodore senior Matteo Palmer finished sixth at 1,000 meters to become the only other VUHS point-scorer on Saturday. In all, the Division II Commodore boys’ 13 points placed them 14th among 22 D-I and D-II scoring teams at Norwich.
The local boys’ results for the Commodores and one Mount Abraham independent were:
After 20-plus years of intermittent discussion and an occasional vote, Middlebury residents will have a clear choice this Town Meeting Day on three options for their municipal building:
• To keep it as it is, do constant repairs and inevitably face another vote in the not too distant future to replace the current building;
• To raze the current municipal building and build new on that site at an estimated cost of $6 million to $10 million, or to renovate at a cost of $2 million to $4.5 million, all paid with taxpayer dollars;
What’s the true nature of our expensive healthcare system? Is it an overregulated mess that’s crying out for free-market forces to improve quality and lower costs, by expanding competition among providers?
Or is it an under-regulated mess that’s crying out for a single-payer system to improve quality and lower costs, by eliminating the expensive, greedy middlemen known as insurance companies?
Gov. Shumlin’s 2014-15 budget is a political masterstroke in an election year. By relying on one-time funds such as a tobacco settlement and payments by Entergy associated with the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, the governor was able to close almost all of a projected $70 million budget gap without having either to cut programs or to raise broad-based taxes.
In last week’s article “Selectman threatens to quit,” Mr. Forbes alleged that several Middlebury Public Works employees are dissatisfied by the way the department is being run.
One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.
State Energy Policy
Am I too late to suggest the ideal solution to our venerable town hall?
Just drive, or walk, to the police station. There lies scenic land, plenty of space for parking, bike and walking paths to the Marble Works, old railroad station near where a new train station would appear behind Greg’s. And, removed from the college concerns.
Think ahead. Save the town from migrating south.