November 14th, 2011
Update 11/15/11, 3 p.m.: Vermont Public Radio reports that normal brewing operations resumed at the Middlebury factory on Tuesday afternoon.
A beer tank at Otter Creek Brewing exploded around 10 a.m. on Monday, according to Middlebury fire chief Rick Cole.
ADDISON COUNTY — How many local teenagers drink and drive? How many Addison County high school students have had sex? Of that number, what percentage used a condom? Do middle school students really consider suicide?
These are just some of the questions that a statewide risk survey has sought to answer for more than a decade.
MIDDLEBURY — A frozen vegetable operation. A bistro that serves up local, vegetarian foods. A wood chip-fired kiln to heat and power a small business. By all accounts, Addison County boasts a veritable goldmine of creativity in the food, agriculture and forestry arenas — the so-called “working landscape.”
But that energy can go nowhere without funding.
BRISTOL — Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, has been able to keep a close eye on the state’s financial health as a longtime member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
MIDDLEBURY — Frances Boardman was in charge of baking the cake for just about every one of her family members’ birthdays until a fall — ironically, in the kitchen — forced her to retire her pots and pans around two years ago.
Well, Boardman will be celebrating her own birthday on Monday, Nov. 14, and someone else is in charge of the cake.
And they’d better bring a lot of candles.
BRISTOL — At their Nov. 7 meeting, Bristol selectboard members pushed ahead with one of their top five priorities: to jumpstart development of housing for younger townspeople seeking a starter home and for older residents seeking to downsize into a smaller home.
MIDDLEBURY — Since 1978, when Chinese Communist Party Chairman Deng Xiaoping instituted the market-friendly “Reform and Opening Up Policy,” more than 300 million Chinese have climbed out of poverty. Today, China touts the world’s second-largest economy and has become the world’s leading manufacturer in terms of output, knocking the U.S. from its 110-year reign on that podium.
President Obama’s decision last Thursday to postpone action on the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to Gulf ports in Texas is a smart political calculation only if he wins re-election. Otherwise, he fails as president to protect the environment, wean Americans off their over-dependence on oil-based energy, and sets in motion an energy policy (assuming any Republican president would approve the project) that favors the consumption of carbon-based energy rather than move toward an economy based on renewable energy.