May 15th, 2014
SHELBURNE/MIDDLEBURY — While it may be a school project, 12-year-old Kenneth Barkdoll makes the rules very clear:
“It’s a museum exhibit,” he said. “You’re not supposed to touch anything.”
Barkdoll is one of the curators of a new folk art exhibit at the Shelburne Museum and the sixth-grader at the Aurora School in Middlebury is quick to give a firm admonishment to anyone who gets too close to his hooked rug, a panorama of him canoeing with his father.
VERGENNES — Vermont Gas Systems said barring surprises it plans to have natural gas supply lines running throughout the city of Vergennes by late 2015, according to company spokesman Steve Wark.
Vermont Gas intends to begin construction in June of the pipeline extension to bring gas from its main pipeline route through Addison County in Vergennes. Wark said that extension should be complete by August, with work also ongoing in Vergennes to prepare for distributing the company’s product.
FERRISBURGH — At the suggestion of Ferrisburgh Historical Society member Gail Blasius, the Ferrisburgh selectboard on May 6 voted to take over sponsorship and organization of the town’s annual Ferrisburgh Day celebration.
Blasius told the board the day, modeled after the town’s former “Good Neighbor Days” from the 1950s through 1970s, did not really fit into the society’s mission and also stretched its organizational ability.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard took its annual tour of the town’s roads April 29, examining local infrastructure and ordering repairs.
Over the course of three hours the selectboard examined a number of town thoroughfares, including Prince Lane, South Street, Basin Street, Route 116, High Street, Mountain Terrace, Mountain Street, Pine Street, North Street, Plank Road, Upper Notch Road and Pumphouse Road.
Blue is the color of a crystal clear sky at midday. Although its intensity ranges from brilliant sapphire opposite the sun, to the palest baby blue near the horizon, it is true blue.
Blue flowers are also beloved by gardeners, and yet they seem really hard to find. There are plenty of flowers with overtones of red — pinkish-blue, mauve, purple and lavender — mostly blooming in summer and fall.
Good for Middlebury. Residents turned out in high numbers for a revote on a municipal bond that confirmed its earlier decision to go forward with the proposed $6.5 million project. That 1,600 people turned out for a revote in mid-May, just 119 fewer than the initial Town Meeting Day vote, is a credit to voter participation and community interest.
We know about the $5.5 billion state budget, GMO labeling law, minimum wage hike and the opiate abuse legislation that the Vermont General Assembly passed during the 2014 session (see my news story on Page 1A). Those were some of the high-profile actions that made many lawmakers’ “top accomplishments” lists.
The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature ended last Saturday evening. How should the session be judged?