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June 4th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Pretty much anyone in Vermont who is interested in getting their hands into the soil and raise a patch of vegetables or flowers in their yard has heard of master gardener Charlie Nardozzi. The plant specialist, who is a regular on Vermont Public Radio and WCAX-TV and in dispatches from the UVM Extension service will be in Middlebury next week.
Nardozzi will be in Middlebury twice this month.
Puccini’s last opera, the great “Turandot,” is a dark, Oriental fairytale with a riveting, contemporary, cinematic score. Perhaps knowing this would be his last work Puccini held nothing back and from the first moment the opera explodes with musical thrills and chills.
SALISBURY — A renewable natural gas project in Salisbury that would convert organic waste and manure from dairy cows to pipeline-quality natural gas and other beneficial products moved a step closer to reality last month.
Dan Smith of Lincoln Renewable Natural Gas, or LincolnRNG, submitted an application for the project to the Vermont Public Service Board on May 11.
MIDDLEBURY — Three local women competing in the online game Vermontivate! have won a $1,000 prize in their division in the recently completed competition.
Vermontivate! is a nationally award-winning climate and sustainability game designed to bring fun and creativity to the serious work of tackling climate change.
Back on March 3, voters in Bristol and Vergennes sent clear messages to their respective union high school school boards to reduce school spending further than the budgets proposed at Town Meeting. Boards trimmed a little, but in subsequent votes in April, voters again rejected the Mount Abraham Union High School, as well as the VUHS budget. After further reductions in both budgets, voters go to the polls next week for a decisive third vote.
We’re getting ready to put in a mudroom at our house. Thank goodness I found Pinterest before we started.
Pinterest, if you haven’t heard of it, is a website that works like a virtual bulletin board, gathering images from across the web that you can “pin” to your own board, based on your interests — mudrooms, in my case.
In my summers between college semesters I worked for a construction contractor in Southern Vermont, performing work that didn’t require much skill, so much as basic knowledge of what end of the hammer to hold. I did everything from hanging sheetrock to demolition. I even helped raise an organ factory from the 19th century to build a new foundation under it.
When Governor Shumlin signed the $616 million transportation bill last week, he punctuated a hallmark of his administration: continued long-term investment in the state’s infrastructure that will lay the foundation for a better economy long after he has left office. The same could be said of gains made in early childhood education, cleaning up Vermont’s waterways and Lake Champlain, investing in renewable energy programs, aggressively addressing the state’s drug crisis and on and on.
The transportation bill is a case in point.