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August 21st, 2014
This week’s writer is Rep. Paul Ralston, a Democrat representing Middlebury in the Vermont House; he is not running for re-election. He is also chief executive officer of Vermont Coffee Co., a Middlebury business.
“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election. A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some. Big money — mostly from out-of-state unions — is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single-payer test.
This week’s writer is Rep. Betty Nuovo, D-Middlebury.
VERGENNES — On Aug. 23, Vergennes Day, Rob McNamara and two good friends plan to go for a long paddle on Lake Champlain, a two-week long paddle, to be more specific. Starting at the Vergennes falls at noon this Saturday, the three will paddle a kayak and a canoe some 300 miles southward, down Lake Champlain, through the Champlain Canal, and on to the mouth of the Hudson River.
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board has scheduled a forum next week to allow ANwSU residents to learn more and ask questions about the district’s accounting problems and its efforts to correct them.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.
VERGENNES — On Monday Vergennes residents will have a chance to learn more about and weigh in on a topic that has generated debate in the community — a $42,000 toddler playground proposed for a patch of lawn between the city pool and East Street.
The Vergennes City Council scheduled an informational meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Vergennes Fire Department basement, an event that will follow a 6 p.m. hearing on a proposed update to the Vergennes City Plan.
MIDDLEBURY — Emily Peyton of Putney makes no apologies for having never run for an elected position less lofty than that of governor.
“If the ship is headed up for an iceberg, why sign up for the crew?” the erstwhile independent candidate asked, rhetorically, with a smile on Tuesday while discussing her third try at Vermont’s top executive post.
“I think we need a new direction.”
ADDISON COUNTY — For months, landowners along the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline route have asked state regulators to provide them with legal help to negotiate easements with Vermont Gas Systems.
The Office of the Attorney General does not represent private citizens, and many landowners feel the Department of Public Service has not offered adequate legal support, leaving them with few resources to represent their best interests.
VERMONT — For three days early this August Ohio’s fourth-largest city had no drinking water. Toledo’s tap water, supplied by Lake Erie, was contaminated with toxins produced by blue-green algae, forcing 500,000 residents to turn off their taps.