Archive - Jun 2006
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — Although there remains a major contingency, Vergennes aldermen reached a deal on Tuesday that could net the city $1 million plus more in ongoing user fees in exchange for extending a city sewer line two miles north into neighboring Ferrisburgh.
That line, under the terms of a memorandum of understanding with Infill Ferrisburgh Partners LLC, would be capable of handling 100,000 gallons of wastewater a day, an amount that could meet the needs of about 200 homes and businesses. The city would not have to pay any of the cost of building the new line.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
MIDDLEBURY — Students at Mary Hogan Elementary School had a few guests on Tuesday. Alison Brady, a Wisconsin native who graduated from Middlebury College last month, came to Mary Hogan to give students a lesson in where milk comes from.
To help her presentation, Brady was joined by Vermontica, a five-week-old Holstein calf.
Not so long ago, all Vermont children knew the intimate details of where their milk came from. But for some of the grade-schoolers at Tuesday’s presentations this was the first time they had seen a cow up close and personal.
Harriette Brainard, a reporter for the Addison Independent, recently visited New Orleans and begins a three-part series on the status of the city and its recovery with this personal commentary. The next installment will be Monday, June 5, followed by reports next Thursday, June 8. The reporter is a former resident of New Orleans and has attended Jazz Fest, an annual spring music festival, for the past 17 years.
â€œThe dead donâ€™t need flood insurance to buy a new house, and for that you almost have to envy them. Taking the pulse of the town and its citizenry, the driver told me: â€œIâ€™ve never seen or felt anything like this. Iâ€™ll tell you, brother: Iâ€™m scared. Iâ€™m real scared.â€?
Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on New Orleans and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
By HARRIETTE BRAINARD
“This place has no name, and all of us know it. The city is exposed: flesh and blood, muscle and bone. New Orleans is a fresh wound, sliced open by the shrapnel of a storm.”
So notes CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper in his upcoming book on the wreckage left last August in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina called “Dispatches from the Edge.” On the scene for weeks, Cooper recalls the immediacy of the need just to survive and of the serious wound inflicted by the storm.
By JOHN FLOWERS
BRISTOL — Even as it puts the finishing touches on its latest affordable housing project on North Pleasant Street in Middlebury, Habitat for Humanity of Addison County has already lined up two new parcels on which to erect homes for local, low-income families.
Habitat President Margaret Carothers confirmed on Thursday that the organization has purchased a 0.28-acre parcel off Pine Street in Bristol for $29,000, in the Bruce Ladeau/Jeanie MacDonough subdivision.
Habitat also recently bought a quarter-acre lot, for $40,000, within the Otter View Park project off Weybridge Street in Middlebury.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
BRISTOL — As Mount Abraham Union High School considers upgrading the aging cash register system for its school lunch program, a biometric identification system is one option being considered.
Advocates say the finger-scanning system would make getting school lunch quicker and easier for students but downplayed any concerns around student privacy.
According to Nancy Curtis, MAUHS director of food service, the cash registers now used were purchased in 1987. “We are a big school, we really should have a computerized point-of-sale system,” she said.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — One proposed Middlebury retirement community is about to undergo Act 250 review and another is well into that process, which could soon culminate in almost 240 new units of senior housing being erected in Addison County’s shire town.
Act 250 is a state environmental review process through which development proposals must satisfy 10 separate criteria. Those criteria include potential impacts on municipal services, traffic, water supply and area wildlife. Both the proposed Eastview at Middlebury project and the Lodge at Otter Creek have already received conditional approval from the local planning commission.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
NEW HAVEN — A battle over what some believe could fundamentally change a Vermont tradition — the annual town meeting — raged in New Haven last week as citizens there voted for the third time in a little more than a year on how they will consider future spending questions.
At a special town meeting on May 25, New Haven voted to continue voting on the general fund budget, the road budget and all other monetary items by Australian ballot. That result, by a tally of 43-58 paper ballots, overturned an article approved on Town Meeting Day in March that reinstituted the tradition of a voice vote for budget issues.