August 4th, 2014
This week’s writer is Meredith Angwin of Wilder, a physical chemist who worked for electric utilities for more than 25 years and now heads the Energy Education Project of the Ethan Allen Institute. She writes a blog called “Yes Vermont Yankee.” This was first published in the Valley News on June 29.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School officials did not have to look far for a new varsity girls’ soccer coach this summer — they picked Rick Hedding, the JV girls’ soccer coach for the past four years, to take over from resigned former coach Dave Brown.
At Porter Hospital, in late July, a young boy demonstrated a very simple act of kindness. He walked up to a volunteer in the front lobby and handed him a baggie filled with change — $6.19 to be exact — as a donation. He did not leave his name, how he had raised so much, or why he was donating the money. He turned and walked away.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., last week professed his strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution as a way to slow global warming.
Sanders, who has long been outspoken on the issue of climate change, said he supports the agency’s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a benchmark. He testified at one of several EPA public hearings last week.
MIDDLEBURY — David Shaw devotes hundred of hours every year to the Middlebury Fire Department. It is not just training on the best ways to pour water on a fire. The modern fire department is also called out to rescue people in lakes and rivers, stuck on the ice, and clinging to the sides of a mountain. Plus there is containment and cleanup of hazardous materials.
ADDISON/PANTON — Taxpayers in Addison and Panton, as expected, are receiving higher bills in 2014 than in 2013, but the increase in Panton is not as dramatic as Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials had projected.
Selectboards in both towns adopted municipal tax rates — levies to pay for town office and road spending — in July, Addison’s on July 1 and Panton’s on July 22.
BRISTOL — Organizers said this year’s Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis set a new fundraising record and was a smashing success.
“Every year we outdo ourselves,” event organizer Shawna Sherwin said. “I’m amazed by what this community provides every year.”
The Stampede is an annual giant yard sale, book sale and silent auction to raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The event raised $133,000 this year, up from the previous record of $125,000, set just last year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement with Middlebury College that formalizes a property swap that will lead to new municipal offices, a new recreation center and a new public park.
Local voters have already endorsed the town-gown deal, which calls for Middlebury to convey its current municipal building/gymnasium property at 94 Main St., along with another parcel at 6 Cross St., to the college.