Beyond the Lists:
We got your insurgencies here! In case you, too, found this morning’s Valley News story about the New Hampshire speakership upset frustratingly short, the Concord Monitor has a nice timeline of the maneuvering.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the river… A working group in the Vermont House has come up with a plan to get the state off the dime on some of its more troublesome issues. They want to reduce school spending and replace Act 60 by shifting school financing away from the property tax and moving education financing to a regional model. These are proposals, not legislation, but given the heat on the legislature to do something about taxes, it can’t hurt to pay attention. VTdigger has a full analysis you’re unlikely to see in your random print newspaper.
Those who toil in the shadows… sometimes get a moment in the sun. Victor Ambros, a U Mass medical researcher who grew up in Hartland, was just awarded $3 million for his research into how to knock back a range of diseases. Ambros’ original breakthroughs, involving genetic regulation by microRNAs, came in the 1990s. Endearing himself to grade-school teachers everywhere, he had kind words in The Vermont Standard about his Hartland Elementary teacher.
On the Lists
Llareggub. That would be “bugger all” backward, and is the name of the fictional Welsh fishing village where Dylan Thomas set his 1954 radio play, “Under Milk Wood.” The Parish Players in Thetford have been getting raves on the lists for their production, which ends Sunday. Hurry!
Holiday emergency! The Holiday Baskets program has children signing up by the hundreds, and not enough sponsors ready to get baskets together for them. Sue Pitiger’s hoping you’ll ride to the rescue.
Creative philanthropy. There are a lot of Upper Valley locals finding ways to join in the 1 Percent for the Haven movement over the next two weeks. Surely one of the more unusual is Chris Rimmer of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, who’s leading a birding walk at the Wilder Dam this Saturday, starting at 9 am. Bring waterproof boots, and prepare to see eagles. If the weather’s wretched, he’ll do it on Sunday instead.