Around Town (11/19/09)

Nov. 19, 2009


Shumlin declares gubernatorial candidacy

The election’s still almost a year away, but the Vermont governor’s race is heating up. And there’s another Democrat in it.

State Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin came to Williston on Monday to announce his candidacy, saying the state needs a governor with business experience who knows how to create jobs and how to make state government live within its means.

Shumlin made the announcement at a news conference at the headquarters of Earth Turbines Inc., a wind and solar energy manufacturer. The location aimed at underscoring his commitment to green energy initiatives.

The 53-year-old Putney resident, who represents Windham County in the state Senate, joins four other Democrats seeking the nomination to succeed Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, who’s not running for re-election. The other Democrats include state senators Susan Bartlett and Doug Racine, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz and former state Sen. Matt Dunne.

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is the only Republican in the race.

— The Associated Press


History Mystery awards handed out

All cities and towns in Chittenden County received an Award of Merit in the Educational Outreach category from the Vermont Historical Society at an awards ceremony on Nov. 6.

The ceremony took place at the 56th annual Meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies, held in St. Albans. The awards were given for the towns’ creation and organization of the Quadricentennial History Mystery that took place in August.

During the History Mystery, participants could fill out brochures that contained riddles about historical sites in each Chittenden County community. Participants who found all the correct answers were entered in a raffle in September.

In Williston, Karen Maklad, her two daughters Alexandra and Elizabeth, and grandfather Gary Farrell correctly answered all 18 riddles. They received a prize of maple syrup.

Chuck Conn was another Williston winner. He took home maple syrup, a book about the history of Underhill and a sweatshirt.

The Williston Historical Society donated two books about the town’s history as prizes.