This is the time of year where we pause to give thanks for the riches we all have. We express gratitude for our family and friends, a bounty of food and our health if we are fortunate enough have those. We also stop to express appreciation for those who do big and little things to care for us and those we love.
The lower cost of solar PV panels has led to a huge increase in solar projects in Addison County. Unfortunately the current regulatory model to govern the siting of solar projects is based on traditional large centralized power generation, transmission and distribution. This model is not appropriate for small distributed power generation such as solar PV or bio-fuels projects.
In Vergennes, the city council will take a vote next Tuesday on whether to support a recreation committee’s recommendation to build a toddler park on city-owned land that is also near the city’s swimming pool and elementary school. The city has a $21,000 state grant to fund half of the project’s $42,000 cost, with the other $21,000 slated to be taken from the city’s water/sewer fund — thus no property tax dollars would be spent on the project.
ADDISON COUNTY — The holiday happenings kick into high gear in Bristol, Vergennes and Middlebury this weekend as all three of the county’s largest towns host many activities related to Christmas and the holidays.
From chocolate and caroling to Santa and shopping, there are events planned to suit just about everyone’s taste.
Check out the stories and listings below and then head out on the town and enjoy some fun with your friends and neighbors this weekend.
MIDDLEBURY — As a child, Marshall Highet would often lose herself in the wondrous science fiction worlds created by such celebrated authors as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.
Now a parent and educator, Highet has created her own futuristic world in a new book that she hopes will beguile young readers with an exciting, heartwarming tale couched in a deeper message of standing up for one’s beliefs, as well as caring for one another and for the world in which we live.
ADDISON COUNTY — After receiving a request from Gov. Shumlin to do so, Vermont Gas Systems says it will hold off on filing eminent domain proceedings against landowners along the Phase I route of its pipeline. known as the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project. The company also committed to halting negotiations with landowners who wish to stop talking until a new set of guidelines is established for relations between Vermont Gas and landowners.
VERGENNES — A Monday decision by the Vergennes Development Review Board means the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes’ longtime search for a new home will continue.
At its Monday meeting, the DRB unanimously denied a joint permit application by the Boys & Girls Club and homeowners Maurice and Jane Hebert to convert a house at 75 Main St. into club headquarters.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Dec. 16 will vote on whether to support the city recreation committee’s recommendation for a toddler park between the city pool and East Street.
Aldermen have been pondering for months whether to spend $21,000 of non-taxpayer funds on the project: a playground on a roughly 0.3-acre parcel at a site that was chosen because it is close to most city homes and next to recreation facilities.