January 2nd, 2014
VERGENNES — Workers earlier this week were putting the finishing touches on a double solar array near the Vergennes sewer plant that is projected to save the city $4,120 a year on its power bill.
About half of the nearly 500 solar panels are being placed on the plant’s lawn, and the rest sited on a knoll behind the nearby Vergennes-Panton Water District office.
The combined array is rated at 149 kilowatts and is expected to produce 200,000 kwh a year, all of which will be sent directly into the larger Green Mountain Power grid.
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union has begun a formal search for a replacement for longtime superintendent Tom O’Brien; his co-superintendent during this school year, Addison Central School Principal Wayne Howe, has confirmed he is a candidate for the full position.
O’Brien, 65, an Orwell resident, announced in late November 2012 he would step down this June, which will complete his 13th year leading ANwSU and his 30th leading school districts in Washington state, Maine and Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — Three local wrestlers — senior Jake Trautwein and junior Chris Gobbi from Middlebury and senior Kaegan Pearsall of Vergennes — won their weight classes at the 2013 Hubie Wagner Invitational, hosted by Middlebury Union High School on Friday and Saturday.
The wins by the two Tigers, Trautwein at 182 pounds and Gobbi at 220, plus sophomore Nate Gebo’s second-place effort at 106, helped MUHS to fifth place among the 17 teams.
CRAFTSBURY — Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers posted solid results at the first race of the New England Nordic Skiing Association Eastern Cup, a freestyle event held on Dec. 21 at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
The late-December event was the first in a series of eight in what is the region’s premier racing circuit for junior skiers and that determines which athletes will represent New England at the Junior National championships.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s six-month, cross-country search for a new town planner has finally paid dividends, with the hiring of Eric Blair of Portland, Ore.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school girls’ basketball action, Mount Abraham split a pair of games, while Otter Valley, Vergennes and Middlebury all came up short.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local boys’ basketball action, Mount Abraham edged Otter Valley for its first victory, Middlebury also earned its first win, and Vergennes picked up its second victory while splitting a pair of games.
EAGLES VS. OTTERS
This week’s writer is Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
Last month, I met with a group of high school students who were thinking about what they could do in their schools and communities to help combat climate change. One of them asked whether what we do in Vermont to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions matters since climate change is a problem on a global scale. This caused another student to shout out the Mahatma Gandhi adage that we must “be the change we want to see in the world.”