Archive - Sep 2011
Human folly? There’s a code for that
A key premise of Vermont’s admirable attempt to institute single-payer health care is that it will rationalize an often irrational system. With smart people like Gov. Peter Shumlin and local House Rep. Mike Fisher leading the charge, maybe it will.
CORNWALL — As Cornwall resident and Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff tells it, the idea that sports can improve people’s lot in life is not new.
WEYBRIDGE — Deep in the field at Weybridge Gardens, the green stalks and budding tassels overhead look almost like corn. But the green abundance that forms the winding paths of the Thompson Hill Road maze isn’t corn this year — it’s Sudan grass.
Though sisters Kris Bowdish and Audra Ouellette are still calling this year’s installation a corn maze, by the time the fields dried out from this spring’s flooding it was already July.
BRISTOL — Bristol townspeople voiced concerns over a proposed town plan update at a Tuesday public hearing, where they prodded the planning commission to add more information to the plan about extraction in the conservation area and ambiguous wording in crucial sections of the document while raising other issues that could impede the plan’s adoption.
BRISTOL — Residents of the Bristol Police District will have an opportunity on Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall to decide the future time and format of the annual district meetings, where the police budget is approved or denied.
VERGENNES — Green Mountain Power has applied to the Vermont Public Service Board for permission to install a wind turbine on the northeast corner of the Northlands Job Corps campus, Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen on Sept. 13.
GMP will ask the PSB for a Certificate of Public Good for a turbine that will stand about 120 feet tall, Hawley said, with rotor blades about 65 feet long.
SHOREHAM — Champlain Orchards in Shoreham is hosting two days of live music this weekend to benefit Vermont farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene.
Orchard owner Bill Suhr knows there is a need among Vermont’s agricultural community. Champlain Orchards itself lost more than 300 trees, snapped off by the wind and rain during Irene. Suhr estimated the cost of orchard storm damage was $100,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Project Independence Director Anne Ginevan harkened back to the launch of the senior day care program during the late 1970s.
The program — then run under the auspices of the Counseling Service of Addison County — provided basic recreational, nutritional and health care services to five elderly clients who gathered for around seven hours per day in the lower level of the Middlebury United Methodist Church.