Archive - 2015
MONTPELIER — Area school districts struggling to draft budgets that comply with the new per-pupil spending guidelines prescribed by Act 46 might get an 11th-hour reprieve. The Legislature next month will consider amendments to Act 46 that might relax — or postpone — the spending restrictions that are part of the new school governance consolidation law.
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee was set to meet on Dec. 30 to finish its final unification report, including proposed Articles of Agreement, thus setting the stage for a March 1 vote on whether to transform ANwSU into a Unified District under the governance of one board.
MIDDLEBURY — It was a little less than three years ago that the Middlebury Fire Department proudly unveiled its new headquarters on Seymour Street.
Now the department needs more volunteer firefighters to fill its station.
ALASKA — Sea kayaking in Prince William Sound, falling into the serene rhythm of oar strokes cutting the gentle water as we paddle by a rookery of hundreds of chattering black-legged kittiwakes on a cliff face iced with streaks of cream-colored excrement.
CORNWALL — Children attending Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School are surrounded by some of the county’s most successful and renowned farms. But in this age of digital distractions and other competing interests, most of the kids hadn’t given much thought to what the farms are producing — even though they and their families are likely regular consumers of the milk, cheese, apples and syrup made a veritable stone’s throw away.
MIDDLEBURY — A critical update to Vermont's Comprehensive Energy Plan, due to the Legislature by Jan. 1, offers some provocative numbers that paint an intriguing image of what the Green Mountain State could look like in 35 years.
For instance, to meet the goal for renewable energy generation, as many as 13,000 more acres of solar arrays would have to be raised across the Vermont landscape (that equals about 1 percent of all Vermont land currently in farming or a little less than one-quarter of 1 percent of all land in Vermont).
MIDDLEBURY — While controversy reigns over the proposed replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges, work is quietly proceeding on another rail span project just a short distance away.
At issue is the 200-foot-long rail trestle bridge located off Water Street, just south of the Cross Street Bridge. Built in the late 1800s, the steel structure is deteriorating and is now undergoing a $1.4-million repair project coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).