May 12th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Monday he could not have imagined a more successful inaugural legislative session as the state’s new chief executive officer.
“It was truly extraordinary,” Shumlin said of the 2011 Legislature’s accomplishments, which included passing health care reform; balancing a fiscal year 2012 budget that was saddled with a $176 million revenue shortfall and no federal stimulus funds; and advancing the administration’s goal of extending wireless broadband access to all parts of the state by 2013.
FERRISBURGH — There was a time when Art Cohn believed the heaviest lifting associated with establishing the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) would be setting up its first rudimentary headquarters near the Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh.
That feat occurred a little more than 25 year ago, when museum co-founders Cohn and Robert Beach Jr. spearheaded the dismantling of Panton’s old stone schoolhouse on Lake Road, then relocated and reassembled it — piece by piece — at the then-barren, four-acre LCMM campus.
MIDDLEBURY — As Middlebury College seniors gear up for graduation in just a few weeks, Don Kjelleren, the head of the college’s Career Services Office, said most students are facing up to the task of finding a job with a more positive view than he has seen over the past few years.
“The outlook is cautiously optimistic — all trends are up at the moment,” he said.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday joined several prominent local businesses in supporting the efforts of Vermont Gas System (VGS) to secure financing to extend a natural gas pipeline into Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — The U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont confirmed on May 5 that Addison County resident Anthony Carosella, 26, was sentenced to 120 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and 100 grams or more of heroin, conspiracy to obstruct commerce by armed robbery, and conspiracy to burglarize pharmacies.
BRISTOL — Roads and sidewalks were on the minds of Bristol selectboard members at their Monday meeting. It was the first time they had gathered since their April 28 road tour, the purpose of which was to acquire information about the state of town infrastructure, according to Town Administrator Bill Bryant.
Vermont born and bred entrepreneur David Blittersdorf is lighting up the renewable energy industry and building a solar platform to track the future.
STARKSBORO — The Vermont Clean Energy Action Network, in conjunction with the Vermont Natural Resources Council, recently awarded the Starksboro Town Energy Committee a $1,600 grant to improve renewable energy education resources and create websites for the 19 solar trackers powering Robinson Elementary School and the six trackers feeding the town offices.