1: Irene, flooding, snow wreak havoc
Humorist Mark Twain said that everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. In 2011 there was a lot to complain about on the weather front. A hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm before it reached the Green Mountain State was hands-down the biggest news story of the year. But there was so much other awful weather this year — so much that in any other year it would have been a top 10 story even without Irene — that we made the weather our top story of the year.
MIDDLEBURY/BRANDON — Neal White’s black and white photography is featured in prestigious venues around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Washington’s Smithsonian Institution, Paris’s National Library of France, and now, Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.
ADDISON COUNTY — By the end of this year, there will be 7,747 more acres of land in Vermont that will never be developed.
That’s the total acreage of new Vermont Land Trust conservation easement projects across the state, which includes 1,241 in Addison County. Among those who sold land were Harvey and Donna Smith, who run a diversified beef farm in New Haven, and siblings Karlene, Nancy and Randy DeVine, who sold land they’d inherited to neighboring farmers Jim and Jane Danyow in Ferrisburgh.
MIDDLEBURY — For more than a decade, police officer Scott Fisher has walked the beat in Middlebury schools, maintaining the peace while dispensing wisdom, mediation and some kind words along the way.
Any doubts he might have about the impact he has had on the youths he serves tend to melt away every graduation day at Middlebury Union High School.
VERGENNES — At the suggestion of two residents who sit on other city boards, Vergennes aldermen on Dec. 20 agreed to consider at a future meeting adopting a formal conflict of interest policy.
The recommendation came from school board member Cheryl Brinkman and planner Alex McGuire, who asked aldermen to either consider adopting a conflict of interest policy or ordinance, or give residents the option of adopting one on Town Meeting Day.