February 21st, 2013
Here’s the nut of what is happening with the proposed changes in the Search and Rescue bill, H.182, being discussed in the Vermont House Governmental Operations committee: The Vermont State Police botched a search mission for 19-year-old Levi Duclos a year ago January, and a summer study committee decided the wise thing to do was give the State Police even more money and power to keep control of search and rescue operations.
This Presidents’ Day we walked the three flights of marble steps to the Lincoln Memorial. Warm hues of the setting sun glowed on the towering Washington Monument from the feet of Lincoln, captured as a mirror image in the reflecting pool, in a setting where throngs of visitors each day peer across the two-mile expanse to the Capitol building.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House Governmental Operations committee has begun considering legislation to improve the way law enforcement agencies and emergency service personnel respond to calls of lost hikers, skiers and boaters.
BRISTOL — The voters of the Bristol Police Department Special Service District will be asked to consider a 6.4 percent spending increase on Town Meeting Day that will, among other things, fund moving the department’s headquarters from its current location on South Street.
MIDDLEBURY — For most Vermonters, the Adirondack Mountains represent some of Mother Nature’s sweetest and most impressive eye candy — an omnipresent, majestic vista often enjoyed from a distance.
Weybridge neighbors Michele Bayliss and Dean Ouellette can look at the Adirondacks with admiration and at the same time utter the words, “been there, done that.”
Last week the Gallup Poll released a study claiming that Vermont was the “least religious” state in the nation. Gallup ranked all the states on a religion index, based on the answers to two yes-or-no questions included with the firm’s regular presidential election tracking polls in 2012. The first question was “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” The second question was “Do you attend religious services every week or almost every week?”
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont farms produce some of the best dairy product in the country, but several local dairy farms are being recognized for the truly outstanding quality of their milk.
Agri-Mark Cabot recently honored Kettletop Farm in Weybridge and Cher Mi Farm in Orwell as among the top 28 farms in the 1,260-farm cooperative that stretches across New England and to central New York state in its Top Quality Award competition.
Most Americans have never joined a political demonstration.
That’s too bad. Because as I was reminded again last Sunday while joining yet another demonstration, it can be tons of fun.
The rally this time was “Forward on Climate,” a boisterous gathering in Washington, D.C., of 35,000 people, who called on President Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The future of the pipeline is up to Obama because it would cross the Canada-U.S. border to bring the dirtiest oil on the planet from Alberta to refineries in the southern U.S.