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TOWNS Keep it local Brattleboro group explores plan for homegrown currency P AGE 9 SPORTS Hammer nails GM Twin Valley southpaw stymies Chieftains PAGE 13 Mi Sport season is here and so are sport , 1 related injuries. Remedies available at JJ Pharmaasa Fmnlc & Mary Giamanmo - Jira Gudfre 20 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 802-254-2303 24 Hour PfMcrlption HotHnri 1-800-449-2303 wwv.linttlrx.cnm 20 pages Volume 94, No. 55 2006 New England Newspaper Inc. Friday, May 5, 2006 Brattleboro, Vermont www.reformer.com 50 cents Brattleboro Nursery School students flock to the statue at the Brattleboro Town Common, while on their spring walk, Thursday. Kimberly Hatch Reformer Pre-IC funding goes unclaimed Douglas set to ink VY bill By ANDY ROSEN Reformer Stiff BRATTLEBORO The Vermont Legislature will likely review Vermont Yankee's license renewal, as a bill that would require the plant to bring an application before lawmakers could become law today. The Senate approved a final version of the bill on Thursday, and it was sent to Gov. James Douglas in the late afternoon. Jason Gibbs, spokesman for the governor's office, said Douglas would sign the bill. "The administration has reviewed it, and we are comfortable with it," Gibbs said. "Gov. Douglas is looking forward to signing it into law." The bill would give the Legisla-ture until July 2008 to decide whether the state's Public Service Board should approve a rclicensing application for Vermont Yankee, whose current license expires in 2012. It would also allow the Legislature to decide, with public input, whether it believes nuclear power should be a part of the state's energy mix in the future. That decision process would involve studies by both regulators and legislators, including at Icait three public meetings in different parts of the state Gibbs called the bill "a well-thoughl out piece of legislation that aJJrrm everyone's concerns The bill had been pated back and forth N-iwet-n the Home of Representatives and the Senate in recent days. a lejislator Worked out me lM minute details related to the M-p-aratwo of power between the la-cr-iVu.-f and the Impart-mm! of IMic Vnc Rep V.rve l)rrw. I) tVney. ;4 he would hji likfj to we lawmakers haif veto power tn tf t-prmI of the apr-ticatwei. but NUf.fd a U li I?ut rffrtt x;ij run th fuk of vc-Unr.j the CKlltltUfM'ft 'T.H II the t :( f :t.' ic b.ll that Wf tmdi grt a f.'it Vrr:r. -r.'rf fi4.K ta mt-.gh tti o this m'.w r " Illilrx '('alrrttjr Jl 'Cttifrd NfH ' C..TT.H I I j i M-f .-, t ! j i' .' jjriri . !' I J I ' ( '; i:;- n i '.j-nm Pa. 1 1 j I ... ! By BOB AUDETTE Reformer Staff BRATTLEBORO Money available for preschool education may evaporate soon if school districts don't take advantage of it. The state education fund has set aside between $2,250 to $2,500 for every 3 to 5-year-old enrolled in an accredited preschool in Vermont. The program, called the Early Education Initiative, is designed to provide early education services to young children at risk of school failure. But now school districts are learning the money is available to all preschoolers enrolled in an accredited program. "Some districts are looking at using the pre school money to contract with eligible preschools," said Ron Stahley, superintendent of Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, at a meeting at Academy School, Wednesday. "It allows more accessibility and affordability for families and allows us to include student counts in the average daily enrollment, which in turn creates more state aid for the district," he said. Cynthia Tarail, director of the Early Childhood Council of Windham County, talked about how to get the money and urged the board to apply for the funds. See FUNDING, Page 6 The program, called the Early Education Initiative, is designed to provide early education services to young children at risk of school failure. But now school districts are leanung the money is available to all preschoolers enrolled in an accredited program. Face to face Ii Pa I X ' J I 1 x - 1 7 A-!:"--x f:; ' Yankee In preparation for this weekend's Brattleboro Fcst, Penny Whipple, 20. makes a papier mache mask using Kristen Podsicdlik, 17, as a model, Thursday. The masks are to be used in a "monsters versus robots" battle, one of the many events happening in the Harmony Lot. Teens plan weekend event By CATE IJ.Ct YI R Kfrr tirff ttRATTmioRO - A festival in the JUrrtiory parking M this wccVrrJ l nuimg some pf'r nrnous. The event I h-.r.g orgjnucd by a Urge ('? of trroagm that har.j out rrk'ubr!)' in the ton or.r J parking tit. anJ fc-i'ufri a nun.N-f of bar. J thj! ,; be playing at the t'crr.rr.dn Ground Rnlaurar.t According to a tUattlrK.ro I'rM pfcr. jk-tivit tncluJr. but are nt limitrj la, "chain T.i ;ng. ffa-. kiitrr ir.g. capture the Has. tit Hture. darn parly Ml the i!frr!. caf JNar J b s V;IUr, ftalrj ,m mine. ite ftyif.. sitrr o f-fh', fuVir.t l4 art gaHrfy. tui e f td.rj. n4 mm h e. rr "It .Kjr..Ji rr.--r rmtrarfHii than it i a.J las P.iflo. v tf lh orj jr,i;rr ho u irn'vc J itll the C'ommnfl Gro-d Jiaf dimr.ton ir-fTtbn!, tti.fcr.'.t ti !h laft are r4 wt to ritt "Our intent certainty nn't toov errract to anything. anJ we've tnrd to cspl-im if anything grt out .f h-ir.J. we'll have to rettify the sittution." wid T'ft Manager JcrTy Pcmulard The event t)mr tm the hrris of s pn-blcm the SelcrthoarJ t!iur4 Tuesday a?t wercrd;r.8 in the Harn-.cr.y 1-tA lUuai men-.br I'uk iMiray m;J there hae bn ci;fnp'a:r.: a!x;t iJ b'nlir.g tijruail and sr! Ii.-.g in the ay of ta.t "It's a pari j-.j M. M a ball fwlJ, and ff j'.e ha-e lr;!;mate ce.ccrr. a'xiit that. he a;J T-r 4ay lie, a:-J K-af J n.cfr.N-r (.frg V.- f n aifrrd t- (ran up i!h tuir.r oatwft in ihe farimj k.f. rt tme t4 lb fnfla ro har. t,l Ihftf. Wu 'w.l;n Jl,rl. to fumf to cnmprnir,; Ih.r.i in ,'-.? a th: friiiial i!J male l!fat".VLfo brVrf p:c. c.f it ci.ij cau-- ft", ? V TTt-NS. l aifft OK'd for iBnalhike By ANDY ROSEN Rrformcr Staff VERNON Vermont Yankee is again in the clear to complete the final stage of its uprate, and the plant may increase its power as soon as this morning. On Thursday, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Agency gave the plant a green light to finish its power ascension, and move to 120 percent of its original output The pl.int has been holding at 1 17.5 percent since last Friday, when engineers detected possible signs of trouble with the plant's steam dryer. The steam dryer removes liquid water front steam before it reaches the plant's lur-bines, uhich spin to generate power That component has been problematic at other plants thai have increased their output taM Friday, gauges at Vermont Yankee picked up noe in its steam lines, which could indicate tram on the dryer AIo. engineers identified an increased amount of water trashing the plant's turbines The upra!e had already been halted twice because of similar rtaJ.r.gt wi:h,n the steam lines NHC and plant rfti-riet-fs pr,t six days reviewing data and cor.JitftJ-.ft computer m'dr!,ng. and official at both or gan;;a!;or. wij !hry'e determined it's wfe to (i-,!;r.i;e the Ni'.t T.c plant f ,r t rrstrwr J i! own data, then wnt it to the NKC fr itn; al Y.'c h IrJ at (Verni..l Yar.lre'si cnr.iliissont. and hat hry uwj N f r h Ihrw." Mid NKC pi if wnHurt t'iane Stfrnct. ar.4 dfterm.r.fd that we had no f.i';ritn.n tn thrrn rnfitiftumf ftant i.;f,u' wrl.i rr-rj the n. ar.4 M;d the botsl w ,11 -.() be ca!f.p!r1e 'Anyone who hclievrn that gingerlv increasing the reactor (to 120 jMTcent) proiIc any uuraii( that it ran run that way day in and day out t ilcluiling ihetHM-New." Uij Mui.li. N' FhI.iIhI ( njllll.MI All roads lead to Boston By tnmM UiITN r. TTU T- ) - I of (V wur.'ii e ijV'i friirr at W r't tl,.fi !h? fvAj la tj-.r.'.si ft-.', 4it e-ff.! Wl!l tn t'. !' a ? ti wt. tt ' jVr.i ', i it. I I ft-j C r- rJi-.-rt ft ; 4 t it n !-,-. a p--r-i . a ( Kr;t",a l! a-i rr1 t tNt j f r (itvt 4 I! t.rili a fit Ji-jjK.aB "TT Uf-l lo tKa?f (t"o it. u J f'a,J i y-4 ttJk srt n' kJ jrffJ.' W (-irju'-.i t"rlj sit1' ". 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