January 7th, 2010
VERGENNES — A workers’ advocacy group is lobbying the 2010 Legislature to reserve some time for healthcare reform during a busy session that is likely to focus on the future of Vermont Yankee and a fiscal year 2011 state budget shortfall that’s being estimated at $150 million.
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I fully intended on making ricotta and writing about it for last week's Table Talk.
As sometimes happens in life, though, not everything worked out according to plan. I invested in some good whole milk, heated it up, made mozzarella (which also didn't turn out so well, but I'm not going to go into that), then heated the whey to 200 degrees and strained it, or tried to. In the end, the coffee filter I used barely let the whey flow through, and after an hour it had drained off less than half a cup.
The year 2009 was not just about news. To wrap up the old year, we asked photographer Trent Campbell to pick his 10 best shots. This is what he came up with.
A note from Trent: My top 10 photographs of the year are really just 10 moments from 2009 that stuck with me. They may not be my best shots or most artistic or most compelling, but they all strike a chord in me.l
For better or for worse there won’t be another year like 2009.
In Addison County, we sometimes found ourselves buffeted by forces from outside the region while other times we were caught up in situations of our own making. Sometimes the results put circumstances in our favor, and at others we simply seemed to be at the mercy of the fates. All in all it made for a lively news year.
Here are our top 10 stories for 2009.
For 80 years, the Champlain Bridge had weathered many a storm — along with supporting around 3,400 vehicles per day — as a key transportation link between Vermont and New York.
But the bridge’s history came to a very abrupt end in late December, when it was demolished to make way for a new span that is tentatively scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2011.
Seems like almost everyone was tightening their belts in 2009 as Vermont felt the impact of the national economic slide that many began calling the “Great Recession.”
As 2009 dawned, state lawmakers were scrambling to pare back the current year’s state budget by $47 million to make up for projected shortfalls in tax revenues. This was in addition to the $20 millions already cut from the 2008-2009 spending plan.
Addison County dairy farmers in 2009 weathered the worst milk prices in 30 years. For months on end dairy farmers lost money on every gallon of milk they produced.
These low prices — sinking at times to less than half the cost of production per hundredweight (cwt) of milk — drove 11 Addison County dairy farms out of business in the first 11 months of 2009. Statewide, the number of dairy farms fell from 1,078 to 1,026.
Middlebury’s much-discussed $16 million Cross Street Bridge project moved from the drawing board to actual construction in 2009. With bond approval and financing through Middlebury College and a series of local option taxes, initial work in April keyed on the two massive concrete piers that would support the 240-foot long span across the Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury.