July 24th, 2014
BRANDON — Prior to a fourth vote on its municipal budget, which took place Tuesday, Brandon had the dubious distinction of being the only town in Vermont without an approved 2014-2015 spending plan. After the votes were counted Tuesday evening that distinction was still intact.
Brandon voters rejected the most recent town budget proposal by a vote of 600-425.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday offered their input on a number of proposed town plan and zoning bylaw revisions, some of which would pave the way for the construction of the new municipal building at 77 Main St.
SALISBURY — The racing gods were smiling on Jason Frank and Donna Smyers on Sunday morning as they dominated their respective male and female competitors in the Vermont Sun Triathlon held at Branbury State Park in Salisbury.
Frank, 32, became the first athlete to break the one-hour barrier in three different runnings of this sprint triathlon, which consisted of a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. The Burlington resident’s winning time of 59:51 was just 47 seconds off the course record.
VERGENNES — The efficacy of a high school is often measured by the percentage of graduates that go on to study at four-year colleges.
To an extent, research suggests, this may be a valuable statistic to consider. The wage gap between those with a high school diploma and those with a college degree is ever widening and higher education is now considered a prerequisite to greater career opportunities.
A new political action committee, or PAC, announced this week by Reps. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, and Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, has set out on the noble mission of being a non-partisan supporter of candidates running for election in Vermont. The criteria for support hinge on one primary issue: putting the state’s economy front and center.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Middlebury College students met in a sixth floor Bicentennial Hall classroom one recent morning to plan their hunt for bacteria. Their ultimate goal was to reduce or eliminate the potentially dangerous cyanobacteria that has become a growing pollution problem in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water.
But just as important is that they learn processes and habits of mind that will make them good engineers, mathematicians and scientists.
The most competitive statewide race this year may be the contest for lieutenant governor between incumbent Republican Phil Scott and Progressive challenger Dean Corren.
Vermont is one of the minority of states where the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. The lieutenant governor has only two responsibilities: to preside over the Senate, and to become governor if the governor resigns, dies or is otherwise unable to complete a term.
I was fixing a cup of coffee a few weeks ago, when I mentioned to a colleague that I was moving.
“Again?” she asked. “It seems like you just did.”
I reminded her that that was in December. Now it was nearing summer and the lease was be expiring. I was moving across town to an apartment I would sublet until August.
“And what’re you going to do at the end of the summer?” she probed. I replied with a shrug.