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August 17th, 2015
It’s a common lament: “My garden is shady and boring. All I can grow are hostas!”
I beg to differ. I delight in shady garden spaces — cool, tranquil places for people, and home for plenty of interesting plants.
Dick and I love to retreat, cup of tea in hand, to a favorite garden bench under the trees, a private outdoor room complete with leafy ceiling, richly patterned carpet and a view to the sunny border beyond.
Skeptics take note: The Vermont Clean Water Initiative passed into law this spring will make a significant difference to water quality throughout the state. With the teeth to make enforcement provisions stick, and with the EPA wielding the threat of more onerous penalties if the state standards don’t make the necessary improvements, Vermonters can look forward to cleaner streams and rivers initially, and our lakes in the not too distant future.
It’s encouraging to see the president of the United States taking steps toward reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan says that “power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.”
This is significant; about a third of U.S. emissions of CO2 come from power stations. However, this new plan does not do enough, we are still on the path to increase average temperatures by more than two degrees centigrade, and that is not good.
Every Vermonter knows that the events of this past week have been especially tough and trying for our state. We have seen violence that is unimaginable in our close-knit state.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College earlier this summer announced its 2015 class of inductees into the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame class. Just the second class to be inaugurated, this year’s group includes graduates from five different decades, from as early as 1932 and as recent as 2001.
The class includes five men and five women who, combined, played a dozen different sports for the college. One of the inductees is also being honored for his service as a coach and administrator.
The induction ceremony and dinner will be held Nov. 7.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish & Wildlife has hired a new biologist, Nicholas Fortin, to lead the state’s deer management program.
Fortin is currently conducting disease research for both the Washington and Idaho Departments of Fish and Wildlife. He will start work in Vermont on Sept. 14. Fortin has previously done research and assisted in management of moose and deer in New Hampshire, mule deer and moose habitat in Wyoming, and deer wintering areas in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
BURLINGTON — Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power today are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection if they do not pay immediately.
In a new wave of calls on Friday, BED customers received calls claiming to be from GMP and giving the customer a fake toll-free number to call, which is answered by a recording claiming to be Green Mountain Power.