June 23rd, 2016
ADDISON COUNTY — On July 1, the third installment of Vermont’s major trash and recycling law Act 148 will be phased in, imposing new requirements on how residents and businesses handle yard debris and how businesses handle food waste.
Landfills will no longer accept yard debris as of July 1. Haulers must offer residents and businesses curbside collection for leaves, brush and clean wood every fall and spring, a service for which haulers may charge. Customers should contact haulers for pricing information.
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday for a second time rejected a plan calling for their town to join their fellow Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union towns in forming a unified union school district.
The vote this time was closer than it was in the first ballot; this time it was 166 in favor of the proposed Slate Valley Unified Union School District and 204 against.
Orwell citizens on April 12 had voted 211 to 121 against joining Castleton, West Haven, Hubbardton, Benson and Fair Haven in the proposed union.
MONTPELIER — Early voting for Vermont’s upcoming primaries will officially open on Friday, June 24.
Beginning on Friday, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail or online and cast their vote for the Aug. 9 election. The elections staff at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has already finalized and sent out the ballots to town clerks and some towns may even open their early voting before Friday.
VERGENNES — Police spending — especially $110,000 for two new cruisers — dominated a Tuesday Vergennes City Council meeting devoted to the next city budget and municipal tax rate, both of which must be adopted by July 1.
The council is working from a $2.3 million draft budget submitted by Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley that he calculated, if adopted, would require a 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.
BRANDON — Bette Moffett would be proud.
A community effort has been under way to help stabilize the Brandon Town Band and offer a consistent venue for weekly musical offerings in Brandon this summer.
Enter the Brandon Summer Concert Series, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through July and August in Central Park.
Bette Moffett died in 2013, having had a hand in creating the Brandon Town Band, among so many other local institutions. She formed the town band with Sally Hutchison in 2007.
MIDDLEBURY — As part of its broader mission to make healthy food more accessible to people in Addison County, the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (MNFC) is running two programs — Food for All and Co-op Basics — that help people in the community struggling to overcome a number of barriers.
Food for All offers a free membership to the Co-op, a 10 percent discount, and free access to food-related classes offered by the Co-op.
Co-op Basics offers discounted prices on grocery staples, and it is offered to all customers.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly one in eight Vermont households and one in five Vermont children are food insecure, as of May 2015, according to Hunger Free Vermont. In Addison County, one in five children struggle with food insecurity, says the statewide advocacy and education organization that works to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in Vermont.
BRANDON — Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a Brandon woman as part of a national health care fraud crackdown.
The Office of the U.S. Attorney in Burlington said the 36-year-old Misti Baker was involved in Medicaid fraud, and that a federal judged had ordered that she be jailed pending a detention hearing on Friday.