June 9th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has elected to oppose a more streamlined federal review of a proposed small-scale hydroelectric project at the Otter Creek Falls, an action that organizers of the project said could kill the effort.
VERMONT — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and Smart Growth Vermont (SGV) announced on Tuesday that they will be merging, in an effort to more efficiently and effectively promote land use and community development policies that best serve the state’s ecological, economic and social needs.
MIDDLEBURY — Frankie Dunleavy often tells her students that a foreign language is like a puzzle. It’s a puzzle that has already been created; it’s up to the student to put together the pieces.
Dunleavy has helped hundreds of students put together those pieces during her more than three decades as a language teacher at Middlebury Union High School.
She’s now ready for the next challenge. She’ll wrap up her last class at MUHS next week.
“It’s time to move on,” she said during a recent interview.
BRISTOL — As the new Bristol town plan quickly takes form, the Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday continued to grapple with the level of detail necessary to pass and implement an effective plan.
Commissioners and residents have debated for weeks how specific they need to make the language in the draft of a new town plan. Individuals on both sides of the long-running debate over whether gravel extraction should be permitted in certain town zones have called for more detailed language.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Board of Zoning approval on June 1 approved a revised site plan submitted by Champlain Oil Co. of South Burlington, a move that removes one hurdle for COCO’s plan for a multi-use Route 7 development but still leaves other issues to be resolved by the state’s Environmental Court.
COCO’s revised plan for a gas station and a building that would be shared by a Jiffy Mart and a fast-food restaurant called for all of its septic and wastewater treatment elements to be contained on a 9.7-acre site.
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team scored the final five goals of Tuesday’s Division II semifinal to turn back a challenge from No. 4 Mount Mansfield, 15-10.
To no one’s surprise, the 13-2 Tigers will meet No. 2 South Burlington in the D-II final. In Tuesday’s other semifinal, the Rebels turned aside No. 3 Rutland, 17-12.
Kelly Bevere — Coach of the Year. It rhymes.
Kelly Bevere — Mom of the Year. That also works.
Kelly’s Middlebury College softball team won 26 regular season games this spring, swept through the NESCAC tournament undefeated (3-0), and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Just a couple weeks later, she gave birth to Owen, a slugger, born on May 27, weighing in at nine pounds 15 ounces.
A frequent theme in this column is imploring that actions taken by individuals or boards, first serve the common good. In an elegantly written column this week, Ira Chaleff, outgoing chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation, captures this same theme with an apt analogy that addresses today’s congressional dysfunction. It is directed to our congressional leaders and reprinted below: