September 30th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — The Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury, survivor of three major floods since it was erected in 1924, must now out-live a lively debate regarding its replacement and major detours that could be required during construction.
CROWN POINT, N.Y. — Last Thursday afternoon, two Vermont men were involved in a fatal boating accident on Lake Champlain.
New York State Police reported that on Sept. 23, William Wright, 60, of Whiting was driving his 1991 Ranger fishing boat south on the lake at around 3 p.m. when he lost control of the boat near Crown Point. Both Wright and his passenger, William Brown, 60, of Cuttingsville were thrown from the boat.
BRANDON — Last Thursday, Vermont education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca sat in a camp chair on the floor of a canvas tent behind Otter Valley Union High School, listening with rapt attention to a debate about dams and hydro power.
The four students at the front of the tent, as well as the five others watching, attend the Moosalamoo Center for the first part of every school day as part of an experiential environmental education program run through the Brandon high school.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury firefighters want to hire a consultant to help determine if the department’s current two firehouses can be preserved and improved, or whether it would make better financial sense to build a new, more centrally located station.
“We are at point where we feel we need to have a feasibility study,” Middlebury Fire Chief Rick Cole told selectboard members on Tuesday.
“This is strictly the first step.”
Next to the contest for governor, the most important Vermont elections this fall are those for the 180 seats in the Legislature. Republicans want to pick up seats in the House, so that chamber could sustain the governor’s vetoes if Brian Dubie is elected. Democrats want to maintain a veto-proof majority in the House, in case Peter Shumlin is not elected.
We talk about the weather all the time in Vermont because we get so much of it.
Today is the last day in September, our best month. We claim it as autumn, but it’s really still summer, at least the first three weeks. Now, it’s officially fall, and has been for the past week.
September is mild, mostly, but there’s a crispness in the air that suggests the austerity to come. The first frost arrives in September. We start the day in fleeces and sweaters but often shed them by midday.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were college freshmen.
On a Friday night in September of 1970, the four of us trooped down to Mister Up’s for a big dinner out. We were full of excitement about what our new college adventure would bring.
MIDDLEBURY — Contrary to what several statewide conservative politicians are saying, many businesses in the state think Vermont is a good place to operate, that taxes are not the biggest obstacle to growth, that reforming health care and providing for good workforce training and education should be top priorities for the state, and that health care should be publicly funded.