April 30th, 2015
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this is my final column for the Independent, as I will be joining the Free Press next week, where I will cover Burlington and city hall.
It was not an easy decision to make, but it was also too difficult to pass up and I look forward to the next step in my career. As I told my colleagues last week, I know I will likely never work in such a supportive environment with colleagues dedicated to helping me hone my skills. Nor one with Crock Pot Fridays.
The passion that drives the renewable energy movement can be, ironically, its own worst enemy.
A few years ago champions of wind energy found themselves in a heated battle with the citizens and towns in the Northeast Kingdom. Wind advocates, so sure of their pure intent, failed to understand the aesthetic damage and the community opposition. After two projects were built, the opposition against more projects was so great that Gov. James Douglas withdrew his support and wind development flat-lined.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School softball team’s offense showed promising signs of life on Tuesday, but visiting Colchester rapped 19 hits off two Commodore hurlers and took advantage of four VUHS fielding miscues on the way to a 16-6 win.
The Commodores closed a 10-2 deficit to 10-6 with a four-run fourth, but the 2-1 Lakers tacked on three runs in each of the next two innings to salt the win away.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team on this past Saturday held off visiting Williams, 14-13, in a NESCAC quarterfinal.
In the semifinal round this coming Saturday in Amherst, Mass., Middlebury (12-4), the third seed, will meet second-seeded and defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champion Tufts (14-2) at 3 p.m. Top-seeded Amherst (15-1) will battle fifth-seeded Bates (10-4) at noon, and the winners will meet on Sunday.
Last month, Attorney General William Sorrell filed a campaign finance complaint against 2014 Progressive lieutenant governor candidate Dean Corren. Sorrell claimed that Corren, whose campaign was publicly financed, received an illegal in-kind contribution from the Democratic Party — an e-mail blast estimated to have a value of $255 — and failed to report it. Sorrell’s complaint sought $72,000 in fines from the Corren campaign for the alleged violation of $255.
In 2014 the Vergennes Union High School board responded appropriately to a rejected budget by resubmitting a budget that more closely reflected the reality that we have to live within our means.
Fast forward to the defeated 2015 proposal that increased spending by 11 percent (a staggering number by any measure), and one would assume that the next proposal would once again be more realistic, yet the opposite is being submitted for a revote.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team closed Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal on a 4-0 run to earn a 9-8 victory over visiting Amherst (9-7).