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May 14th, 2007

Legislation to help farmers gets approval

May 14, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — The state’s General Assembly last week overwhelmingly supported a bill that directs the Vermont Milk Commission to establish a minimum milk price that would relieve farmers from the costs of having their product hauled to processing facilities.

The bill, if signed into law, could result in savings of $7 million per year to Addison County farmers alone, according to Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, the chief architect of bill S.78.

“This is such a monumental piece of legislation,” Giard, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said on Tuesday. “This is $7 million that will stay in Addison County. This is jobs on Main Street.”

Approximately 60 cents per hundredweight of milk is currently deducted from farmers’ milk checks to cover the expense of hauling their product to processors. Farmers pay another $6 to $8 every time a hauling truck stops for a load of milk, according to Giard.

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Developers eye large city subdivision

May 14, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — After years of waiting for new zoning laws to be adopted, the owners of a large vacant parcel on West Main Street are now ready to sell their property to developers who are seeking approval to build 54 single-family homes on the land in a planned residential development (PRD).

Farmers Marcel and Paul Bourgeois have an agreement to sell their parcel, which also fronts on Otter Creek and Hopkins Road, to Rivers Edge Associates LLC for an undisclosed sum. The parties to the deal said some contingencies remain.  

Rivers Edge, which has as its principals Peter Kahn of Charlotte and Alan Bartlett of Colchester, has held a series of meetings with the Vergennes Development Review Board (DRB) in recent months to iron out details of the final application for a project they have dubbed “Claybrook.”

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May 10th

Otter Valley High School budget shot down again

May 10, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — For the second time this spring, voters in Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union towns have rejected a proposed 2007-2008 spending plan for Otter Valley Union High School. The tally in Tuesday’s balloting on a revised budget of $10,884,962  was 587 opposed and 455 in favor.

The original budget proposal, which was $106,565 larger than the one voted on this week, was defeated, 1,250-911, on Town Meeting Day, along with $10 million in renovation and construction bonds.

With informational meetings hosted by the OV school board poorly attended since officials first floated the bond proposals last fall, it was no surprise to some that Tuesday’s revote attracted less than half the turnout of the original vote in March.

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Mosquitoes ... they are a-comin'

May 10, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

BRIDPORT — Receding flood waters and cold nights have helped keep biting bugs at bay thus far this spring, but officials in the county’s two mosquito-control districts know that warming temperatures will soon lead to a sizable hatch of insects.

Last week saw representatives of the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen (BLSG) and Lemon Fair Insect Control Districts (LFICD) get their equipment and larvicide stocks ready for what has become an annual battle against swarms of bloodthirsty insects.

“We are surveying every day and keeping a close watch on things,” said BLSG district Coordinator Kim Schroeder. “It has been a wet spring, and we’re hoping things dry up a bit more before it warms up.”

That’s because mosquitoes thrive in warm, wet conditions. The insects lay their eggs in swamps and pools of standing water. With help from the sun, those eggs mature into larvae, then full-fledged mosquitoes.

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And the Academy goes to ...

May 10, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Rick Heinrichs’ first job more than 30 years ago was serving up food at Mister Up’s Restaurant in Middlebury.

On May 25, Heinrichs — now an Academy Award winning production designer — will help serve up the latest installment of the wildly popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series on which he worked in such exotic locales as the Bahamas.

Heinrichs, a former Shoreham resident, was in Middlebury late last week to give some cinema-related pointers to dozens of aspiring actors and film production students at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s Addison Repertory Theater (A.R.T.).

During a far-ranging presentation that included projection images of the soon-to-be-released “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” Heinrichs recounted the challenges of creating the sets and props that breathe life into today’s multi-million-dollar blockbusters.

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May 7th

Brandon board votes out police chief

May 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard late last month voted to cut short Police Chief Lonnie Hatman’s three-year contract, which was due to expire at the end of June.

At the recommendation of Town Manager Keith Arlund, who would not reveal the reason for the decision citing the confidentiality of personnel issues, the four selectmen at the April 23 meeting — Kellie Patten, Bruce Brown, Mitch Pearl and Richard Baker — voted in favor of Hatman’s firing. Board chair Bill Hatch was absent.

Selectmen also voted to appoint Lt. Christopher Brickell as acting police chief.

As of last Friday, Arlund couldn’t say whether he had a permanent replacement in mind, or when town officials would begin to look for one.

“We’re evaluating the situation as we speak,” he said.

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Town and college prep security for Clinton visit

May 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — The hassles that regularly accompany graduation ceremonies, namely, traffic and anxious parents, might be exaggerated at Middlebury College’s commencement this year, college officials say. Who’s to blame?

Bill Clinton, of course.

The former president will address the nearly 600 members of the class of 2007 on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m., outside on the green below Mead Chapel. Unlike in years past, for security and overcrowding reasons, guests at the event will need to have tickets.

“We didn’t have any way of knowing just how much interest we were likely to have in the commencement,” said Secretary of the College John Emerson, who is helping to plan the event. But as of the end of April, the college is expecting to accommodate up to 8,000 people, including students, faculty and staff — about 2,000 more than normal.

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May 3rd

Middlebury seeking economy energizing

May 3, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being challenged to come up with three specific projects designed to creatively energize the town’s economy, which has taken a few hits in recent months.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) “Creative Communities Program” periodically loans select towns consultants and other resources to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the local economy in a way that uses a community’s unique assets — such as its location, geographic attributes, special products and/or homegrown talent.

In February Middlebury applied to become a part of the Creative Communities Program, which has already provided services to nine other Vermont towns, including Hardwick and Rutland.

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