July 30th, 2015
Vermont is a beautiful state — not only to those of us fortunate enough to live here but also to the many tourists who visit every year. They come to see our lovely farmland, long vistas, mountains, rolling hills, and quaint towns and villages. They do not come to see acres of solar panels marring the views. Vermont does not have or allow billboards, so why are we now looking to mar our countryside with acres of solar panels?
Revolutions come because of the immediate need and desire for real change. Professor Newt Gingrich says, “Real change only comes with real change.” Alas, we are seeing it happen. Wonderful.
The Vermont Gas Pipeline: costs versus benefits, who really knows; however, trust is priceless and trust does matter.
After attending both days of the technical hearings last month on the Addison Natural Gas pipeline, I walked away with as many questions as I did answers. One of the major concerns I had was what metric method and whose numbers should I rely on.
ADDISON COUNTY — A motorcyclist was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., this past Friday for treatment of a head injury he sustained in a crash in Granville.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Travis Huestis, 25, of Middlebury for domestic assault and two counts of violating his conditions of release, following an investigation of a reported disturbance at a North Pleasant Street home on July 23.
Police said Huestis is scheduled to answer to the charges in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Aug. 31.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a homeless woman on Washington Street on July 20.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police looked into a July 22 report from a Macdonough Drive resident that a bicycle had been stolen from his home, and that he suspected that a Northlands Job Corps student was behind the theft.
Police spoke to the director of Northlands, who said the student had been removed from the federal jobs training program and had offered to pay for any damages he had left behind.
Some call the process glorified babysitting. And expensive. Some say it is the only means by which the state can break the cycle of poverty that traps low-income students in a closed look, low-wage environment.
The issue is universal pre-K education that, beginning next year, will be required in Vermont’s schools. According to the state department of education, over a third of our schools this fall will be ready to offer services to the three- to five-year-olds targets by the legislation signed into law more than a year ago.
VERMONT — The forecast for Wednesday says Vermont will be HOT.
During summer’s extreme heat, know how to recognize risk factors, respond to warning signs, and what precautions to take to stay safe.
“Heat illness is a real danger for everyone. Vermonters go to the emergency department for heat illnesses just as often as people in Maryland,” said Lori Cragin, Vermont state epidemiologist for environmental health. “Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.“