June 18th, 2015
On Tuesday, June 16, Gov. Peter Shumlin headed to the shores of Lake Champlain, first to Burlington and later to St. Albans, to sign H.35, a piece of legislation that he has called “the most significant clean water bill in the state’s history.”
The legislation will help unlock tens of millions of dollars of federal funds and provide $7.5 million of state funds over the next three years to clean up waters in the Lake Champlain watershed and other bodies of water across the state.
When it comes to gardening, I have a wealth of wisdom to offer.
I don’t mean “wisdom” in the sense that I know what I’m talking about, exactly. If you want that kind of wisdom, talk to the beloved Vermont horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi.
But if you’re looking for the wisdom of a common gardener — one who is somewhat lazy, insect-averse and lacking in common sense — look no further.
Some people, when they want to get to know their town, will join a club, sit in on some civic board meetings, attend church gatherings or take up reading the local newspaper. I’ve come up with a different strategy. I’m going to ride my bike on every street and road in the town of Middlebury, where I live.
Three Addison County high schools held commencement ceremonies this past weekend. Vergennes Union High School saw 87 graduates march across the stage and receive diplomas on Friday, June 12. Then on Saturday morning, Middlebury Union High School and Mount Abraham Union High School hosted commencement activities in their respective towns.
See stories and photos from each school here:
Next week the Public Service Board will hear testimony on the natural gas pipeline traveling through Addison County. Approved some time ago, the application has been reopened due to revised cost estimates. I have been approached by interested parties on both sides of the pipeline approval question to support their stance. As the pipeline is traveling through, and will be utilized in a portion of my district, Addison-4, I felt it would be right to let people know how I felt about the issue.
I must add an important footnote to the Independent’s amusing account of our re-enactment of efforts 50 years later to help Middlebury Beef Supply’s rooftop bull enter Middlebury College’s Forest Hall, which was in 1965 the senior women’s dorm.
This is my perspective:
One of the reasons I enjoy living in Vermont is that our legislators held a sense that in our state, we would not be led around by outside influences.
Act 250 is a law that empowers people, it is a safety net for the well being of both people and environment in which we live.
In the past two years two bills have passed through our legislators which take all rights away from local governing communities. It takes away any say about where energy projects are placed.
Nate and Jane Palmer are not the only people fighting Vermont Gas pipeline expansion but they are the faces of the fight. Once again they will be before the Vermont Public Service Board on June 22-23 to present our case.
A grassroots group of Vermonters, Just Power, have come together to stop this fossil fuel pipeline. We helped push back part of the plan (Phase II) and now we are ready to end the entire project.