I didn’t have enough going on over Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s, so I decided to paint a 16-foot-long mural on one of the walls in the yoga studio. Really, I would have preferred to do this at any other time, but this is just how things worked out. Actually, I wasn’t planning on painting the mural myself at all. I pictured myself more in the role of a benevolent overlord, saying encouraging things, like “Wow, it’s really coming along beautifully!” Or, “Maybe a little more green down at this end?”
This New Year's Day pause provides an opportunity to look back over the past 12 months and recall where we've been before we wade into hte 12 months ahead. We present this retrospective to help you bring to mind the big stories of the year and also some of the smaller ones that have touched our lives in Addison County in Brandon. Below you'll find a link to each month's recap. Happy New Year!
Following the decision by a grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, 100 Middlebury College students and staff demonstrated in front of Mead Chapel. The shooting and the decision not to indict ignited nationwide discussions around police brutality and racism. Later this month several dozen Middlebury students held a “die-in” to draw more attention to unequal treatment by police.
The election was the big story in November.
Drivers here, as in the rest of Vermont, had to remind themselves that on Oct. 1 a new law that banned talking on cell phones while driving went into effect.
Shoreham residents mourned the loss of their selectboard chairman, Paul Saenger, who died Oct. 5 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Saenger, 59, had been in his 10th year on the selectboard at the time of his death. Former Selectwoman Karen Shackett was appointed to serve the balance of Saenger’s one-year term, which will be up for grabs in March on Town Meeting Day.
On July 2, the Public Service Board experienced a bout of sticker shock when Vermont Gas Systems announced a $36 million cost increase for its Phase I pipeline project. The company said the 40 percent hike was due to increased oversight and a nationwide surge in demand for pipeline construction. State regulators were not amused, and fined the company $35,000 for failing to draft an updated budget for more than a year.