August 15th, 2011
STARKSBORO — In October of 2010, the town of Starksboro took major steps to revamp its energy portfolio by installing 25 solar power arrays mounted on trackers on 1.5 acres of land adjacent to Robinson Elementary School.
From the outset, one of the main goals of this project was to net zero energy consumption for the school and town buildings. Put another way, town and school officials sought to produce as much energy using solar as they drew from the electric power grid in the course of a year.
VERGENNES — The long-planned move of the roughly 160-year-old former Vergennes railroad station to the Ferrisburgh commuter lot erected by the Agency of Transportation (VTrans) may finally happen this fall.
According to recent VTrans emails, some provided by City Manager Mel Hawley, VTrans and Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) officials are putting finishing touches on plans on which contractors could submit bids.
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In my last column, I wondered aloud why the two leagues in Major League Baseball — the American League and National League — have a different number of teams (the AL has 14, and the NL 16). Baseball, I concluded, is a game of details, and if two leagues are competing for the same prize, they ought to be competing under the same conditions. That means, quite simply (to borrow from my science vocabulary): where possible, hold everything equal.
NEW HAVEN — This was not what most people think of as typical fair food.
There was no cotton candy, no fried dough.
Nevertheless, regulars and newcomers alike packed the long tables in the Addison County Fair and Field Days dining hall Tuesday evening to share “The Taste of Vermont” dinner and chow down on hearty fare produced right here in the Green Mountain State.
Officials noted the dinners are a 23-year tradition of local eating.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vergennes Champ and Middlebury Panther swimmers combined to claim three titles at the Vermont Swim Association meet held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of an out-of-control teenager at then Porter Hospital emergency room on Aug. 2. While there, police said they encountered a distraught woman who demanded to speak to CSAC about her medical records. The woman left Porter, but called the hospital a short time later alleging that she had stabbed herself. Police went to see the woman, determined she had not harmed herself, and noted she had made an appointment to see CSAC officials.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
With a fresh chocolate creemee in hand, friends by my side and not a worry in the world, the ground slipped out from under me. The immense amount of rain had created a mudslide, which I didn’t intend to travel down.
The crowd turned to me for a laugh as I carefully stood up, with my right side covered in Addison County mud.
I giggled and quickly moved on. I had always loved playing in the mud but never thought to use it for a fashion statement at the fair.
That the inaugural Midd Summer Festival drew an overflow crowd of more than 1,500 people to sample cheese, beer, wine and other Vermont-based beverages had organizers and volunteers with the host Better Middlebury Partnership bubbling with excitement. That the unexpectedly large crowds caused longer than expected lines is, all things considered, the best of problems to have and will readily be corrected next year, organizers say.
What’s remarkable is that a good idea done well can have such a positive economic impact on the community.