Shumlin calls AOT officials ‘boneheads’ over sign issueBy PATRICK McARDLE
Staff Writer | November 13,2013BENNINGTON — Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he would try to get “boneheads” in state government to retract a demand that the town remove roadside signs recognizing 25 straight state championships won by the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team.
Speaking at the ribbon-cutting for the Bennington welcome center, Shumlin talked about the 45-year-old law banning billboards in Vermont.
“Now I don’t think, by the way, they had in mind not celebrating the best wrestlers for 25 years in the history of the state,” Shumlin said. “We’re gonna try getting those boneheads to back off,” he said.
The state Agency of Transportation notified Bennington officials two weeks ago that the signs — which read, “National Record Setting MAUHS Patriots Wrestling Team 1988-2013, 25 Consecutive Years State Champions” — could not be displayed in the state’s rights of way on Routes 7 and 9.
The signs did not comply with state law and needed to be taken down “as soon as possible,” Joseph Kelly, AOT regional traffic investigator, told Town Manager Stuart Hurd in an email.
The issue was raised at the Bennington Select Board meeting Monday. Hurd said he and town staff would find a place to display the signs so they would no longer violate state law.
Joseph Krawczyk Jr., chairman of the Select Board, suggested supporters of the wrestling team come to the ribbon-cutting and bring the issue to the governor when he came to town Wednesday.
After the ribbon cutting, Paul Dicranian, one of the wrestling coaches, said he had spoken briefly with
Shumlin and was pleased that the governor expressed support for allowing the signs to be displayed.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, striking Colo. miners attacked with machine guns by state police; 1877, Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph, 1959, Alan Freed fired by WABC 770 AM for accepting payola to promote records.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers short speech in Gettysburg, Pa.; in 1984, a Pemex LNG facility destroyed by series of gas explosions, 600 people are killed; in 1998, Senate builds fire under Bill Clinton.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1831 – Independent South American super-state, Gran Colombia, dissolved; 1856 - Fort Buchanan built to control Apache warriors; 1970 - William Calley Jr. goes on trial after 1968 massacre at My Lai, Vietnam.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy takes advantage of Cold War jitters and builds a tidy little fiefdom for himself on Capitol Hill. It's all good, but pride goes before you know darn well what. The junior senator is damaged going down.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in control of the Soviet Union; in 1970, Oregon DOT tries to dynamite a dead whale off a beach with a rather shocking result.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Southern Airways Flight 49 is hijacked, the crew and passengers held for ransom. The hijackers want $10 million and passage to Cuba. In 2007, in Santiago, Chile, King Juan Carlos of Spain loses patience with Hugo Chavez.