August 22nd, 2013
WHITING — The state will perform two courses of aerial pesticide spraying in Whiting in the coming days in a pre-emptive strike to combat Eastern equine encephalitis.
Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen announced the move on Tuesday, saying that mosquito pools in Whiting are continuing to test positive for the EEE virus. The first positive tests were discovered Aug. 9. Since then, health officials have started testing twice a week and the news is not good.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed at their Tuesday meeting to research the speed of traffic on South Maple Street, a decision made in response to a petition filed by residents asking the city to act on what they see as too much fast driving on the street.
A Titanic collision looms
Climate change was back in the news this week as an international panel of scientists released a report that found — with 95 percent certainty — that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades. More importantly, it warns that sea levels could potentially rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue to accellerate. Storms, as demonstrated in recent years, are predicted to be more fierce and more frequent.
MIDDLEBURY — One of the Counseling Service of Addison County’s latest fundraising efforts is on a roll — yes, literally.
On a sunny Aug. 16 morning, almost 100 CSAC backers, sponsors, employees and clients gathered at the Middlebury Recreation Park for the nonprofit’s third annual bocce tournament, an event that met organizers’ goals.
CSAC Executive Director Bob Thorn said the number of teams that raised money to sign up jumped from 11 in 2012 to 17 this year, while business sponsorship took a similar leap forward.
Jeff Bezos hasn’t called. Neither has Warren Buffett.
Heck, the sports group that bought the Boston Globe for a song from the New York Times hasn’t even called, and I’m pretty sure they are out there seeking advice as to what to do next.
MIDDLEBURY — It can take a howitzer, cymbals and a foghorn to rouse some of today’s children from slumber to get to morning classes on time.
Pat (James) Brogan didn’t have that problem; sleeping late was a luxury neither she nor her family could afford, running Monument Farms Dairy in Weybridge during the early 1940s. Most of the menfolk had left to fight on distant battlefields during World War II, leaving women and children to perform most of the agricultural chores.
VERMONT — It may seem trite to point out that the world has changed drastically in the past 60 years. But it seems equally impossible to begin considering Waterbury-based photographer Peter Miller’s “A Lifetime of Vermont People” with any other thought.
Miller — who bought his first camera on a whim at age 14 in Weston, when his mother sent him with money to replace a stolen hunting rifle — has self-published a collection of his most iconic black-and-white portraits of Vermonters.