October 17th, 2013
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen last week tabled the town’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a month after giving the green light to a home energy-efficiency loan program that was narrowly approved by town voters in March 2012.
Selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said board members were once again uncertain about the town’s responsibilities and potential liability in backing the program, which requires towns to treat loans for home energy efficiency improvements as liens on the properties.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
10/14 OV vs. Mt. Anthony .............. 2-1 (OT)
10/15 S. Burlington vs. MUHS ................ 4-0
10/15 CVU at Mt. Abe ............. Ppd. tp 10/16
10/16 OV vs. Bellows Falls ................... 2-0
10/16 CVU vs. Mt. Abe ............................ 0-0
Health exchange website holds back reforms
Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont’s median household income of $53,000.
I have often thought — and said aloud — that a bad autumn for Vermont foliage is better than a great autumn anywhere else. Which is another way of saying that there is no such thing as bad foliage here. Even on those Octobers when we spoiled Vermonters complain that “the colors are dull this year,” our wooded hillsides are still quite beautiful.
The same might be said about fishing. Some say “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” I say simply that there is no such thing as a bad day of fishing.
America really loathes Washington right now, and that’s preposterous: Our Town has done nothing wrong.
Washington is a place where hundreds of children couldn’t play soccer this past weekend; where cafeteria workers, janitors and secretaries aren’t getting paid for who knows how long; where buses and subway trains run empty; where shoeshine guys sit idle; and where Girl Scout troops had to cancel annual camping trips.
This video accompanies the second in a two-part series that highlights the people and programs of the Charter House Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing to people in need in and around Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has approved a “memorandum of agreement” with Vermont Gas Systems, a document that defines the town’s safety, security, traffic control, emergency training and management demands for the Phase I natural gas pipeline project if it is ultimately approved by the Vermont Public Service Board.
The selectboard voted, 5-1, on Oct. 8, with member Susan Shashok opposed and member Travis Forbes absent, to approve the memorandum of agreement.