Vergennes considered the question of having religious displays in its city park, investors looked to restore Brattleboro’s Brooks House, Newport’s business renaissance continued, a canoe expedition left from Camp Keewaydin on its way to Ottawa and Newark residents questioned a proposed wind project.
These were some of the voices in the news this week.
(Hannah Weisman of Vergennes) "It’s a very religious symbol. It’s a full nativity scene. And it’s about two-thirds life size. It makes a loud statement."
(Engineer Bob Stevens of Brattleboro) "You know, because it’s at the heart of our downtown, architecturally significant — it’s a quarter of sort of the main block. And having it dark means that we don’t have the same level of energy and activity on the street, other businesses suffer, you don’t have that critical mass."
(Ruth Sproull, Little Gnesta B&B owner) "I looked at the north shore of Lake Superior and then a friend said ‘check out Vermont.’ Lake Champlain was too expensive. So I did an Internet search and Newport came up."
(Peter Wright) "What’s nice about the itinerary is that it’s tracing a lot of historic routes. Samuel de Champlain paddled all the way up the Ottawa. We’re following along in his footsteps. A lot of historic routes for Keewaydin in Ontario. And then a lot of our routes then further north from there are old fur trading routes as they headed towards James Bay. So the itinerary follows a nice historic set of waterways."
(Newark Resident Keith Ballek) "There’s obviously some kind of pattern here. … Why the Northeast Kingdom? Is it we don’t have the people to fight back? Why is it one region? I mean there’s wind blowing in other parts of the state. I’m just curious." Applause…"