Archive - Jul 13, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MONTPELIER â€” Local House Democrats voiced disappointment on Tuesday at not being able to muster enough votes to override Gov. James Douglasâ€™s veto of H.520, the so-called climate control bill.
The Legislature convened in special session on July 11 to consider overrides of Douglasâ€™s vetoes of H.520 and a campaign finance reform measure.
With 147 House members present, H.520 supporters needed 98 votes to override Douglasâ€™s veto. But in the end, only 86 House members backed the override in a vote split largely along party lines.
As the Addison Independent went to press, the Senate was working on a new version of the bill that would have taken out one of its more controversial components â€” a proposed $25 million tax on Vermont Yankee that would have helped pay for energy efficiency improvements to Vermontersâ€™ homes. Douglas said he was not in favor of that new tax, which would have expired in four years.
Douglas instead suggested a host of other programs â€” including energy credits for businesses â€” as alternatives, programs that critics have charged are too weak to make any measurable difference.
By MEGAN JAMES
BRANDON â€” Laurey Master-ton was 12 years old in 1966 when her parents died and she and her sisters moved from Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen to New York City. But her memories of the tiny mountain town, especially of her motherâ€™s kitchen, are as rich as her sour cream biscuits, still hot from the oven.
Now the owner of a successful catering company and restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, Laurieâ€™s Catering and Gourmet-to-Go, Masterton returned to Vermont last week to share excerpts from her new book, â€œElsieâ€™s Biscuits: Simple Stories of Me, My Mother and Food,â€? at the Briggâ€™s Carriage Bookstore in Brandon. In September, she plans to visit the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury for another author event.
Mastertonâ€™s parents, Elsie and John Masterton, owned and operated the Blueberry Hill Inn from the early â€™40s to the mid-â€™60s. Elsie, a gourmet chef, ran the restaurant, cooking every part of every meal for her guests. In her spare time, she wrote cookbooks peppered with stories.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY â€” Some people spend hours agonizing over pen and paper in their efforts to create memorable and meaningful prose and verse.
But itâ€™s always come naturally to Ruth Stone â€” and sometimes at the most inopportune times.
â€œI remember when I was young, Iâ€™d be out playing and I would hear a poem way off â€” like it was way off in the universe, like it was coming toward me,â€? Stone said. â€œIâ€™d rush in the house to see if I could get to pen and paper and write it down. If I couldnâ€™t, it would go right through me and be lost forever. It was very weird.â€?
Weird, but the results are undeniable. At the age of 92, Stone, who divides her time between Goshen and Middlebury, continues to channel her seemingly boundless creative energy into poetry that has filled the pages of nine books and earned her numerous state and national awards. Her most recent accolade is being named Vermontâ€™s State Poet by Gov. James Douglas, a fellow Middlebury resident.