Archive - Feb 2010
With the dearth of fresh snow and thinning cover, I usually head for higher altitude terrain. While pleasantly surprised by the conditions at the Rikert Ski Touring area last weekend, I had a hunch that the cover would be even better on Forest Service 59, which has the advantage of being just a little higher up the mountainside. Skate skis are usually the best call in these conditions – it is hard to set the good deep tracks for optimal classic skiing when the cover is light.
PLAYOFFS: PANTHER TICKETS, PLUS H.S. HOCKEY, GYMNASTICS, AND DANCE JUDGING
OK, first up: Tickets for Saturday’s Middlebury College men’s hoop quarterfinal may be hard to come by. The Panthers (22-2 and No. 6 in NCAA Division III) will host Trinity at 3 p.m. The college is selling tickets for $5 for adults and $3 for students. They are currently available online. Those who want to go should click and buy now — almost 1,200 fans packed Pepin when the Panthers hosted Williams with the students out of town.
GIRLS' HOOP GAMES
Well, the Vermont Principals’ Association released the girls’ basketball seeds this morning, and it confirmed the bad news for Middlebury, while Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Vergennes ended up with the Nos. 6, 7 and 8 seeds, respectively, as expected.
All four teams ultimately did well enough to host first-round games, all at 7 p.m. on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The state’s school finance laws are again under public scrutiny because of escalating property taxes even in the face of declining school budgets. Politicians and residents opposed to Act 60 and Act 68 have been quick to pounce on the legislation’s shortcomings and demand reform, or use the issue to fan the fires of discontent to gain favor (by virtue of a public disconnect with reality) among voters.
Along with this hoopla comes the inevitable lament that the finance laws are overly complex and we need to simplify the system.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Craig Bingham is asking his colleagues to support a new ordinance that would prohibit people from smoking in town parks.
The selectboard will spend the coming weeks discussing the proposed new law, with the possibility the seven-member panel could OK the proposal, endorse a new rule barring smoking during public events in municipal parks or drop the matter entirely.
MIDDLEBURY — A proposed 3.3-mile rail spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street with the main line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has determined the estimated $34.3 million project could meet federal environmental standards.
SOUTH STARKSBORO — For the 11 years Christine Chaloux has lived in her remote South Starksboro home, she’s relied on fuel from three large kerosene tanks to keep her warm through the winter. Her steep driveway is all but impassable at this time of year, so her fuel arrives before snow flies, and then the 46-year-old woman keeps one eye on the thermostat and the other on her fuel tanks.
Restocking on fuel part way through the season just isn’t possible, Chaloux explains, practically or financially speaking.
p>LINCOLN — Three candidates are vying for an open seat on the Lincoln selectboard come Town Meeting Day.
The position was formerly held by Donovan Mayo, who died in the fall. Ethan Ready was appointed to serve the remainder of Mayo’s term, but has chosen not to run for reelection.
The three candidates seeking the job are Jim Adams, Elwin Isham and Brian Goodro.
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