In Springfield Monday night, more than 200 people turned out to consider ways to deal with the problem of drugs and criminal behavior in town.
Rutland Police Chief James Baker was asked to come to Springfield to talk about Rutland’s approach to similar problems over the past few years. Baker is also the former director of the Vermont State Police. He said it takes more than police action to deal with drugs and crime. It takes creating an environment that isn’t conducive to illegal activity.
St. Johnsbury is looking for a new Town Manager—again. That job has seen both turnover and turmoil, but things have calmed down under the current Manager, John Hall, who is retiring.
The St. Johnsbury Select Board recently held a special meeting to decide how to find his replacement. Selectman Alan Ruggles proposed to form a committee to conduct the search without outside help. He says the Vermont League of Cities and Towns has handled the administration for past searches, helping to compose the job description, placing ads, and sorting through applications.
This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States. Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.
I’ve been thinking a lot about “place” lately and what it means to be “placed”: not just to locate ourselves on specific coordinates of space and time, but to feel an organic connection to a particular piece of ground. It could be a stretch of river or a mountain trail, a small neighborhood on a dead-end road, a farm that’s been in a family for generations; it might be, as a newcomer observed, “a house – it’s not a home yet, but we’re working on it.”
More than a thousand Vermonters marched in New York City yesterday as part of the People’s Climate March.
Some marchers were dressed as polar bears, some carried small wooden windmill replicas in their hands and some of the older activists held signs saying they were marching for their grandchildren. Contingents affiliated with colleges, labor unions and religious groups marched banners denouncing hydro-fracking, the tar sands oil project in Canada and the XL pipeline. Magdeline Valetis came from Putney with her 13 year-old daughter Ashley.