November 26th, 2014
CORNWALL — The spirit of the season will come to Cornwall this Sunday, Nov. 30, when the Cornwall Congregational Church hosts a special 3 p.m. Advent celebration.
Attendees will be welcome to deck the church with a traditional “Hanging of the Greens,” the ceremony that readies the sanctuary for Advent, the four weeks before Christmas when Christians are called to prepare themselves spiritually for the coming of Jesus.
It is generally accepted that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims. We know they invited the local Wampanoag to join them. And we also know that turkey was on the menu. What is less known is that a couple of modern Thanksgiving traditions are actually rooted in that long-ago meal.
For the third time in 12 years, Vermont’s Legislature will elect the governor in January, because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Vermont is the only state in the nation where the Legislature can elect the governor. This provision has been in the Vermont Constitution for over 200 years.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Nov. 22 arrested three Hinesburg women on suspicion of helping a runaway Bristol youth hide from police.
Police cited Manuela Mauss, 32; Tina Miller, 38; and Michelle Granger, 42, for unlawful sheltering. Authorities allege the trio helped 17-year-old Shawn Lussier, who went missing Nov. 11 from Bristol, hide for 11 days.
Tom Denecker, Denecker Chevrolet, has withdrawn his Act 250 application to build a new car store at the corner of routes 22A and 7 in Ferrisburgh, per the Addison Independent, Nov. 20. Apparently he saw no hope of a permit in the face of opposition from the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, the Agency of Natural Resources, and Vermont Natural Resources Council. The application process was overwhelming and not worth the expense and the fight, per Denecker.
This week’s writer is Shawn Shouldice of Montpelier, state director of the Vermont chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving started in 2010 as an effort to give small businesses — many struggling to get out of the red after a long recession — a much-needed shot in the arm. Since then, it has become a powerful movement to give back to the brick-and-mortar establishments that line our Main Streets and keep our communities vibrant.
Some are trying to change the discussion from what we think of what Mr. Gruber has said vs. what he is doing. Vermont Democrat Rep. Browning has been championing the lead to have Gov. Shumlin show Vermonters the plan of how we’re to pay for single payer health insurance.
Art Woolf, the oft-cited University of Vermont economics professor, last week explained the source of Vermont’s economic difficulties to the annual gathering of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp. It was not lengthy. Nor was it complicated. The prevailing leadership in Vermont, he said, doesn’t like growth.
There are complicating factors. We’re small. We’re geographically isolated. We don’t have a hospitable climate and we’re old and growing older. Even a pro-growth movement would find Vermont tough sledding.