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September 20th, 2015
The New Age of Faith, one nation under clod. (Clod: a lump or mass of earth or clay from whence we all evolved.)
After almost two-and-a-half centuries since the Declaration of Independence, it is high time to set the document and the record straight.
Our so-called Founding Fathers established the Declaration on their misperceived concepts of a firm, absolute base and ground of principles, which time and science has since laid to waste.
RUTLAND — Scott Stinson of Brandon pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 in Rutland County Superior Court, criminal division, to three counts of promoting a recording of sexual conduct by a child, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office reported late last week.
MONKTON — Vermont State Police Trooper Kyle Young died on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 17, following a medical event during training at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho.
Young, a 28-year-old Monkton resident, was assigned to the New Haven Barracks and thus provided law enforcement services throughout Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury has been awarded an “outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Community Reinvestment Act is intended to encourage banks to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate. Banking institutions are encouraged to reinvest in their communities — and to halt discriminatory lending practices (such as lending exclusively to high-income areas and avoiding low- and moderate-income credit applicants).
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (MNFC) is studying the possibility of once again expanding its store — perhaps by as much as 50 percent — onto property it owns to the west of its store at 1 Washington St.
BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has its Act 46 school consolidation committee in place, and if Superintendent Jeanne Collins has her way, there could be a public vote on the issue this March.
The Legislature last spring passed Act 46, which requires all supervisory unions and school districts to assess and decide what school governance structure they want to move to. The choices are:
• Accelerated merger with one-time study grant and tax incentives.
FERRISBURGH — The newly built satellite manure pit on Ferrisburgh’s Middlebrook Road continues to spark debate about not only how it was permitted, but also the larger question of how dairy farmers’ increasing use of satellite pits should be regulated.
The single biggest point of contention is whether neighbors of proposed pits should be notified before ground is broken.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s “emerald necklace” will see some more visitors than usual this Sunday with the return of the annual TAM Trek. The Sept. 20 run around the entire multi-use trail enters its 12th year with new distances on new portions of the trail.
In past years, the run on the Trail Around Middlebury, popularly called the TAM, consisted of four different distances and started near Middlebury College. This year, the Trek starts at one of the trail’s northern sections, at Wright Park at the northern end of Seymour Street Extension.