October 18th, 2010
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley last week said the project to repair the sidewalk and provide handicap access to businesses at the intersection of Main and Green streets should be complete by mid-November, at no direct cost to city taxpayers.
The project, which will also improve a bus stop and a sidewalk bulb-out at the intersection’s southeast corner, carries a total starting price tag of about $84,500, which Hawley said will be inflated by a few change orders.
MIDDLEBURY — Brian Mackay-Lyons likened his native Nova Scotia to an “ocean-coated Vermont,” in a talk he delivered at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 8.
“It’s a real treat to see the beautiful Vermont landscape,” the internationally recognized architect said. “It’s a world-quality place. You know that.”
And a sense of place is exactly what draws Mackay-Lyons to Vermont, along with the additional two Cameron Visiting Architects, who are to take up a brief residency on campus this fall.
MIDDLEBURY — For the second year running, the Addison Gleaners can be found out in the fields, picking peppers, root vegetables, Swiss chard and anything else that happens to be left over.
This produce will never see a table at the farmers’ market or a wholesale bin — everything that the gleaners pick goes to the food shelf at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, or HOPE, in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Classified documents, CIA ghosts, torture crimes and campaign fund funneling — these all sound like a far cry from life in Vermont. And yet, Jane Mayer, who got her start in journalism writing for the Rutland Herald, has found herself investigating and writing about each of these topics and more in her time as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
STATE BUDGET: We need to protect programs for the young and the elderly, after that everything is on the table. We need to look at personnel not based on years of service but on performance. This may sound harsh but in the private sector if you don’t do your job you don’t keep it. I would prefer not to see taxes go up, but if we can’t streamline government, eliminate waste, and get people back to work I don’t know how it can be helped.