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November 30th, 2015
For most of the last two decades, Vermont’s prison inmate population has been rising. Between 1997 and 2008, it grew by 86 percent. Projections made in 2007 said that Vermont’s inmate population would grow to 2,619 by November 2015. After years of work to reform Vermont’s criminal justice system that trend has been reversed, and today Vermont has 1,734 inmates, 885 less than projected.
Vermont’s farms shape our land and our way of life. Without the open expanses of land that farmers care for, many of the recreational activities we enjoy, like snowmobiling, hunting and cross-country skiing, wouldn’t be possible. In the recent poll Dairy in Vermont: Vermonters’ Views, 66 percent of Vermonters said they use farmland for recreation and 91 percent said that dairy farming is important to Vermont’s quality of life.
MIDDLEBURY — About 1,500 Green Mountain Power customers in Middlebury village and its immediate surroundings were without electricity this morning for about four hours after a squirrel damaged a main power line near the Middlebury Inn, a GMP spokesperson said.
CORNWALL — Dena Greenman and Doug Clarner seemed poised to follow some conventional career paths when they graduated from Middlebury College in 1994. Greenman, who majored in literature, wanted to become a teacher. Clarner, who focused on economics, readied himself for employment in the world of finance.
But it’s not unusual for people to flip life’s script and audition for a dramatically different professional role.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham voters on Dec. 2 will be asked to approve a five-year loan to fund a new, $177,901 truck for the community’s road department.
Local officials will explain the proposed purchase at a special meeting, slated for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the town offices. Residents will then vote on the issue the next day, by Australian ballot, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., also at the town offices.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled community forums in Addison and Ferrisburgh to explain to and get feedback from residents about the district’s effort to unify under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.
Act 46, made law this past spring, offers financial benefits to school districts — and their taxpayers — that unify their governance under one common school board before this coming July.
Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.
MIDDLEBURY — Clear skies and mild temperatures helped bring out a large number of runners and such for the town of Middlebury’s 39th annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble this past Sunday. The races had 217 participants this year compared to 176 last year, according to Middlebury Recreation Director Terry Arnold.
The winners received a 20-pound frozen turkey. The event also raised $950 for charity.