September 26th, 2011
VERGENNES — Almost 200 years ago, Commodore Thomas MacDonough won a crucial naval battle in the War of 1812 that drove the British — the world’s greatest naval force at the time — from the Plattsburgh, N.Y., battle site back into Canada, allowing the United States to retain a larger piece of northern territory when a peace treaty was signed two months later.
In retrospect, It would be fascinating, and probably terrifying, to know even roughly what amount of money and resources it took for this country to prepare for the tenth anniversary of 9/11…
Unfortunately, although there has been vast media coverage of the massive security measures undertaken for 9/11, no one seems to be looking at it in terms of the extent of vulnerability in which these knee-jerk measures leave the nation and the further economic drain that they place on our economy.
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The first public hearing on the draft of the 2011 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan — released earlier this month — is slated for Middlebury on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at Middlebury Union High School.
For more information and access to an electronic copy of the plan draft, head to: www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov.
MIDDLEBURY — Preliminary conclusions drawn from a review of the work in the Middlebury River in East Middlebury after Tropical Storm Irene show that the town of Middlebury did not exceed the recommendations of state environmental officials, except in one instance.
Where they did go beyond a state engineer’s directions, town officials said they would restore damaged habitat.
As an editor, I’ve had the responsibility from time to time to teach a cub reporter how to write a column. It comes so naturally to me that at first I hardly know what to tell them.
“You, er, have to have an idea … um, or not ...
“Just start typing, but remember, any old gibberish won’t do — it’s got to be the right gibberish.
“Pour your soul into it, and keep it light and chatty.”
VERGENNES — Nobody likes to think about the worst-case scenario, but at a forum at the Vergennes American Legion last week Julie Smith urged the 10 or so farmers in attendance to do just that.
Smith, a dairy specialist at the University of Vermont Extension, is partway through a three-year USDA-funded project aiming to educate and combat potential hazards to Vermont’s food production systems, specifically dairy.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday, Sept. 27, will be asked to approve a $250,000 bond to complete final design and engineering plans for a substantial rebuild of the town’s fire stations on Seymour Street and in East Middlebury.
The Sept. 27 vote is a lead-in to a second, $4.625 million bond referendum to finance construction of the project, which will include extensive renovations and an 8,100-square-foot, four-bay addition for the Seymour Street station.
I work with a good bunch of people, but sometimes I get the feeling they’re a little, well, out of touch.
Last Monday a few of us were standing around the coffee pot chitchatting about how we had spent our respective weekends.
“I went to my daughter’s soccer game Saturday,” said one person.
“My wife and I went out to dinner Friday night,” said another.