September 27th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Energy Committee is studying ways to harness renewable power from public waste and from sun shining on several municipal buildings in an effort to reduce the town’s annual $550,000 electricity bill.
MIDDLEBURY — Just like any compliment, some college rankings need to be taken with a grain of salt.
That is the attitude of Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn, anyway, in deference to the National Collegiate Scouting Association’s (NCSA) recent ranking of Middlebury as third overall in their “comprehensive study of both academics and athletics.”
For Middlebury-area residents the newest pastime is to take a stroll over the Cross Street Bridge in early evening hours. The bridge is yet to be open, there’s no traffic and the sunset on a warm fall day is spectacular.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials’ first summer of overseeing the city’s Sam Fishman Pool went well, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their meeting last Tuesday night, and it ended with a surplus of roughly $10,000.
The city accepted ownership of the pool this spring from the Vergennes ID school board, which ceased operations earlier this year per a 2009 vote of city residents. That board owned the land under the pool and the city’s other nearby recreation facilities, as well as an adjacent 8-acre parcel of land accessed from New Haven Road by a right-of-way.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite having the better of the play and taking three one-goal leads, the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Saturday settled for a 3-3 tie with visiting Champlain Valley.
The Redhawks (4-1-1) got a tying goal with 1:53 to go that came against the run of play, and they were the happier team at the end of overtime than the 3-2-1 Tigers.
Tiger senior captain Sara Higgins, who scored the game’s first goal and was denied by a defensive save in overtime, said the Tigers have improved their offensive teamwork — and look forward to the rematch with the Redhawks.
VERGENNES — City aldermen on Sept. 21 approved a proposal by City Manager Mel Hawley, also the city’s zoning administrator, to raise the city’s zoning fees for the first time since January 2001. Hawley said the Vergennes Development Review Board had worked with him on coming up with the new fee schedule.
On the national political scene, the GOP leadership is stirring the pot with talk of shutting down the government. With inflammatory speech about a government run amuck, spreading socialism and deficit spending that’s out of control, these holier-than-thou hypocrites then offer the soothing tag-line that their intent is to create a “smaller government that cares for the people” by returning power to the Republicans.