February 9th, 2015
LINCOLN — The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company elected a slate of officers at its annual meeting, which was held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the firehouse. The meeting was followed by a dinner shared with retired firefighters and fire personnel from Monkton.
The following officers were elected: Chief Dan Ober; 1st Assistant Chief Matt Atkins; 2nd Assistant Chief Dudley Leavitt; and Captains Aaron Thomas, Matt Brown and Jesse Bashaw.
ADDISON COUNTY — Let’s face it; Vermont isn’t the sunniest of places. On average, there’s only a 51 percent chance it will be sunny here during daylight hours.
So as the state’s infant solar industry grows, how accurately can solar developers project how much energy an array will produce?
MIDDLEBURY — Ben Eine wasn’t hard to find Thursday morning, on a lift 30 feet above the ground in the atrium of the Mahaney Center outside the Middlebury College Museum of Art.
He was painting a mural to promote the opening of a new exhibit called “Outside In: The Art of the Street”, which is dedicated to showcasing street art by more than a dozen artists, including Eine.
MIDDLEBURY — Maple Landmark Inc. is proposing to build an 11,340-square-foot addition onto its Middlebury headquarters at 1297 Exchange St., a project that would create some much-needed, additional space for the growing manufacturer of eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts.
BRISTOL — A team of eight quick-thinking Mount Abraham Union High School students have won the inaugural small-school state championship at the Vermont-NEA Scholars’ Bowl.
The group of scholars bested 23 other teams to win the inaugural event on Jan. 31 at Montpelier High School. The Vermont Scholars’ Bowl has been around since 1984, but this was the first year that the event divided schools into two categories, based on size.
Among the many issues being debated in Montpelier that could have a lasting impact on Vermont’s environment and economy are possible changes to the Current Use program.
I write in support of the many Vermont citizens, elected officials, and public servants who continue the struggle to create a health care system that will serve all Vermonters fairly and well. Suffering from a serious illness is hard enough without bearing an expense that destroys the financial security of a person or a family. Can’t we Americans hear the reports of people in other nations that are doing better than we are?
It seems a week doesn’t goes by without someone in the media bemoaning the lack of job opportunities for young people in Vermont. While Vermont is an attractive place to live, we need professional jobs to keep our population rooted. The solar industry, while not new, has seen remarkable growth as costs have become affordable, and accessible programs like community solar arrays pop up. Turns out that deploying clean, renewable technology necessitates a significant workforce.