January 19th, 2017
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will have a choice on Town Meeting Day between an incumbent mayor who recently announced he will seek a third — and he says final — term, and a former mayor who served three terms between 2007 and 2013 and became mayor by unseating an incumbent.
Mike Daniels, 69, who has also served five years in two separate stints on the Vergennes City Council, the second of which ended this past March, said late this summer he began to get the itch to return to city politics.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is in the process of installing new, state-of-the-art meter reading technology at around 1,750 of the community’s 2,300 water system connections. It is equipment that will substantially reduce the effort it takes to gather information on municipal water use and the billing for that service.
NEW HAVEN — Just because you think something your neighbor is putting up on his land is ugly doesn’t mean you can get a Vermont court to make him take it down.
That was the consensus of the Vermont Supreme Court in a ruling last Friday in a case that involved two proposed solar arrays in New Haven.
VERMONT — In his inaugural speech, Gov. Phil Scott said he wants to focus on getting Vermonters the education they need after high school to access good-paying jobs. Now there is an online tool that shows people how to become qualified for the most promising jobs in the state.
MIDDLEBURY — “It is eye opening for these young accounting students to see how little people can earn and stay alive.” Larry Kupferman has been a volunteer for CVOEO’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for close to ten years now. He was speaking about students from Champlain College, UVM and St. Michaels who volunteer their time completing Federal and State returns for families and individuals with low income.
MIDDDLEBURY — Need computer help? Volunteers from the nonprofit Technology for Tomorrow are hosting a free technology workshop at the Residence at Otter Creek on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 3:30-5 p.m.
All are welcome.
Instructors at this workshop will cover: making and answering phone calls using cell phones and iPads, sending and reading texts, syncing email, accessing the internet, setting up wifi, downloading and using apps, and navigating your smartphone or tablet.
MIDDLEBURY — Starting Jan. 26, St. Stephen’s-on-the-Green in Middlebury will present a free half-hour noonday concert on the last Thursday of each month. These concerts, beginning at 12:15 p.m., will be informal (brown bag lunches invited) and light refreshments will be provided.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The 2017 No-Till and Cover Crop Symposium will take place Feb. 16 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.
In addition to talks by extension specialists and farmers from Vermont, Pennsylvania and New York, the event includes poster sessions and an exhibitor fair. It is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team in Middlebury and the Northwest Crops and Soils Program in St. Albans.