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Volume 46, Number 24
June 15 - 21, 2016
Shumlin signs renewable energy siting bill after revision
On Monday, June 13, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed S. 260, a bill designed to improve regional and town energy planning and to enhance community input into the siting of energy projects.
The legislation was developed over a number of months, and was based in large part on the recommendations of the Solar Siting Task Force. It provides regional planning commissions and towns with “substantial def- erence” before the Public Service Board when their plans have been determined to be consistent with state energy and climate goals. Funding and training to support planning efforts will be available through the regional planning commissions working in concert with the Department of Public Service and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The new law requires planning across sectors to include electricity generation, electric and thermal ef ciency, and transportation.
“This new law provides a roadmap for how we continue to transform our energy system in Vermont while improving opportunities for our communi-
Solar siting, page 5
By Amy McClure
Mathias Toro demonstrates the ability that garnered him a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet.
Rochester gymnast
gets big break
I’m FREE - Pick me up and be prepared. Paper beats rock. Heads up!
Father's Day is Sunday, June 19
Sunshine and moonshine, June 20 will be bright!
Summer of cially begins Monday, June 20, which also marks the longest day of the year. In Vermont the sun will rise at 5:09 a.m. and set at
8:35 p.m. for 15 hours and 26 minutes of daylight. When the sun  nally does set, night-owls will be greeted by a full moon.
Quechee Balloon Festival colors the sky Father’s Day weekend
The skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be  lled with hot air balloons ushering in the 37th annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air bal- loon festival in New England, over Father’s Day Weekend, June 17, 18, and 19. Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring up
to 20 hot air balloons with  ve  ights scheduled throughout the festival and additional teth- ered rides during the day. Enjoy continuous music and enter- tainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities in- clude the free Kid’s Zone with Euro Bungee, a rock climbing wall, bounce house and more. There will be festival food plus local healthy options and a beer and wine garden, with more surprises on site.
Gates open Friday at 3 p.m. at the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center, 5966 Woodstock Road, Quechee. Gates will reopen at 5:30 a.m. both Saturday and
Balloon Fest, page 4
By Paul Holmes
A hot air balloon casts a mirror re ection in the Ottauquechee River.
Summer openings
As of Saturday, June
18, Killington Resort's summer attractions, including the Adventure Center, Golf Course, Bike Park, and K-1 Gondola, will be open every day.
Living A.D.E.
What’s happening? Find local Arts, Dining & Entertainment
Pages 29 - 41
Mountain Times is a community newspaper covering Central Vermont that aims to engage and inform as well as empower community members to have a voice.
Special Olympics training camp to come to Killington
By Polly Lynn
The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Austria in March 2017. Prior to that, athletes and coaches will arrive in Killington for the of cial Special Olympics USA training camp to be held Dec. 12-15, 2016. This is the  rst time this national training camp has been held in Vermont.
Killington’s selection as the host, in partnership with Castleton University, was announced at a press conference Monday, June 13 at Killington Resort. The event will be on the heels of the Women’s World Cup over Thanksgiving weekend, jumpstarting Killington’s early win- ter season.
“It’s a winter wonderland here in Vermont and we have such a won- derful community,” said Lisa DeNatale, president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “I was persistent but it didn’t take long,” she said, explaining how Vermont was selected to host the national training camp. “Killington Resort and the facilities close by at Castleton’s Spar- tan Arena were a perfect  t... Killington is simply the biggest, and the drive to Rutland is not too far,” she added.
Killington will welcome 150 athletes, 40 coaches, 15 assistant coach- es, four directors and a medical team to train for alpine skiing, snow- boarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Athletes selected to compete in  oor hockey;  gure skating and speed skating will train at Castleton University’s Spartan Arena in Rutland.
In order to qualify for the USA Special Olympics team traveling to the Austrian Games, Special Olympic athletes must have won a gold medal in their regional games, DeNatale explained. Additionally, many conversations are had with the athlete, his or her family, coaches, etc. to determine whether the athlete is a good  t. A level of independence is required for the two-week trip to Austria in addition to characteris- tics like good sportsmanship, she added.
In addition to announcing the training camp location, Special Olympics USA also of cially revealed the names of the athletes and coaches nominated to the team at the press conference, Monday. Vermont has two athletes and one assistant coach on the list for the 2017 games. Ethan Boragine from Fairlee will compete in snowboard- ing, and Laura Buchanan from White River Junction will compete in alpine skiing. Michael White from Bennington will join the team as an
Special Olympics, page 5
By Amy McClure
ROCHESTER — After  ve years of training as a gym- nast, 9-year-old Mathias Toro received the opportunity of a lifetime: to attend one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the United States — on a full scholarship.
Although Mathias’s hadn’t trained as a ballet dancer
before, Mathias was invited to attend an audition this past February at the School of American Ballet.
“The audition went well, but we didn’t want to get too excit- ed about it — he is a gymnast, not a ballet dancer,” remarked Mathias’s father, Alex Toro after the audition in April.
Rochester, page 3
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