May 27th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — For four decades, any Middlebury-area student with a keen interest in building or designing something has probably taken a course with Peter Jensen. As an industrial arts teacher, Jensen has helped teens turn their curiosity into reality.
But after 16 years each of teaching at the former Middlebury junior high and Middlebury Union High School, and most recently an eight-year-stint at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Jensen is ready to step away from the old drafting table and 3-D computer. He will be retiring next month.
BRANDON — Confusion between the regulators and a local insect control district last week threatened to halt mosquito spraying around Lake Dunmore and elsewhere in the area leading up to and during the first big weekend of the summer.
But the state Agency of Agriculture put commercial certification for the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Insect Control District on the fast track last week following the dispute over spraying private roads, and spraying resumed.
STARKSBORO — Voters in Starksboro on Tuesday approved a $1.65 million bond issue to build a new town garage.
Residents voted 159 in favor of, and 20 opposed to building a new 7,000-square-foot garage on town-owned land north of the town offices on Route 116, near the fire station.
The new structure will be almost twice as large as the current facility so it can house all the road crew’s equipment: three trucks, a tractor, a grader and other smaller pieces of equipment.
BRISTOL — The WalkOver Gallery in Bristol is hosting a solo exhibition of the works of Kit Donnelly just before she moves to another state to be closer to family and to pursue her career in art. On Friday evening, May 29, from 5 until 7 p.m., there will be a reception and celebration of the artist.
Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost famously wrote in “Mending Wall.”
Perhaps that’s why Cornwall and many other Vermont towns still appoint official fence viewers who, according to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), “examine fences within the town when requested to do so by the selectboard.”
Turns out, though, that this duty is essentially bogus. “The role of the fence viewer has become somewhat limited,” VLCT’s literature explains, with some municipalities abolishing it altogether.
Sen. Bernard Sanders officially launched his presidential campaign in Burlington this week. If the presidential election were held only in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York City and northern California, Sanders might very well win. However, voters from 46 other states will also vote for president, so it is likely that the person who takes the oath of office in front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017, will be either Hillary Rodham Clinton or whoever emerges as the Republican nominee.
Editor’s note: The Hinesburg police chief wrote this piece late last month, after Hinesburg teenager Joseph Marshall, speeding in a car, struck biker Richard Tom on Route 116, killing Tom and himself. For many in Addison County it was eerily similar to an incident two weeks earlier in which a motorist struck and killed a bicyclist in Weybridge.
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