BRANDON — Four-year-old Renata Hopkins came running up to her guest with a giggle, and a joke
“If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?” she asked, barely able to contain herself.
“Pilgrims!” she exclaimed with a laugh, and ran into the hallway to find the family’s 20-pound orange Tabby cat, Such-Much.
Want to know how to keep property taxes for school spending down and avoid the projected two-cent hike recently projected by state officials?
In theory, it’s not that hard: just keep local spending per pupil the same as last year.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Norwich held on for a 55-49 victory over the Middlebury College women’s basketball team on Tuesday evening, holding off a late Panther rally to improve to 5-1.
The Panthers dropped to 4-2 heading into a pair of weekend home games that will conclude their first-semester play: They will host Alfred State at 6 p.m. on Friday and Skidmore at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Skidmore game is part of a doubleheader, as the undefeated Middlebury men will host the Thoroughbreds at 4 p.m. following the women’s game.
MIDDLEBURY — On Dec. 5 and 6 the Middlebury College men’s hockey team will be helping the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE). Admission to these two hockey games will be free, but hockey team supporters are hoping that all in attendance will bring a children’s game, canned fruits or canned vegetables and contribute a voluntary $5 admission. This will help make Christmas a little brighter for those in need.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.
It’s the same every year: One day in December we head out to the tree farm, where we tromp through the freshly fallen snow until we find the perfect tree. We cut it, tie it to the roof of the car and sing “Jingle Bells” all the way home.
We set up the tree in the corner of the living room, drape it with lights and decorate it, drinking hot cocoa while holiday music plays in the background.
Midway between the November elections and the start of the Vermont legislative hunting season, the question on most political observers’ minds is this: Will Gov. Shumlin get his groove back?
On the answer to that question hangs the fate of liberals’ hopes for statewide action on healthcare reform, climate change and property tax relief.
I was struck by the juxtaposition of articles on housing in Middlebury in the Thursday, Nov. 27, edition of the Independent. Front-page articles focused on problems of homelessness. Page three reports on Middlebury College’s offer to begin selling some of its 70 homes at a 15 percent discount to faculty. The article on sale of Middlebury College owned homes raised the question of whether or not discounted sales would depress housing market prices.
The Working Lands Enterprise Fund was created in 2012 with Act 142 to “stimulate a concerted economic development effort on behalf of Vermont’s agriculture and forest product sectors by systematically advancing entrepreneurism, business development, and job creation.” For two years, the Working Lands Enterprise Fund has supported our working lands enterprises, with great results. As the governor and his administration are building the budget for next year, I hope they will continue to fund this important economic initiative at $1.5 million.