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July 15th, 2015
VERGENNES — With a final wrinkle officially ironed out, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday approved spending $20,000 from the city’s Water Tower Fund to buy a 0.4-acre waterfront parcel from Mayor Bill Benton and his sister, Betsey Benton.
The long-awaited deal for a parcel next to the city docks — valued at $30,000 by Ferrisburgh appraiser Charlene Stavenow — had been held up until the title to an adjacent sliver of land could be cleared up.
MONKTON — Volunteers For Peace and the Willowell Foundation are organizing a Cook 4 Climate candlelight dinner on Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Willowell Land, which is off the Bristol-Monkton Road in Monkton.
WEST ADDISON — The Vermont AgrAbility Project will host the its second annual Farmers’ Field Day on Thursday, July 30, in West Addison.
The free event will be held at the Kayhart Brothers Dairy (7429 Vermont Route 17W) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be available to the first 150 in attendance.
Not a lot of people know this, but I’m kind of an outdoors expert. I’ve learned a lot over the years, primarily through watching reality TV shows and reading about Lewis and Clark. Also, I have gone outside quite a bit, though mostly just to get the mail.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, let’s review a few basics:
1. Human sexuality cannot be reduced to the pursuit of pleasure.
2. Marriage cannot be reduced to a vehicle either for the acquisition of benefits, or for the enhancement of self-esteem.
The thoughtful letter by Bruce Hiland about the railway bridge project and the equally thoughtful response by Bill Finger, the town’s project manager, have made me see the dire situation the town is in. The railway bridges are failing. The rail bed is unsafe. Rebuilding and replacing them must not be delayed.
My thanks to the Addison Independent for reporting on the cannon use controversy (The firing line, July 2, 2015) here in West Ferrisburgh. A sympathetic representation overall but several points are worth mentioning I think.