June 28th, 2012
RIPTON — Hilda Billings has viewed her hometown of Ripton through a very special lens for the past 92 years.
Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English held its first summer session in 1920, the year Billings was born. She has seen devastating floods rip through her community, including the big one back in 1927. And Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost made a point visiting her once a year at her home, which doubled as the Ripton Post Office.
MIDDLEBURY — For over three decades, the Festival on-the-Green has provided a week’s worth of free family-friendly entertainment for Addison County residents.
The community event, which will hold its 34th annual run of three shows a day on the Middlebury green from July 8-14, does not have an admissions fee, but it does carry high costs.
NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the date of the VUHS board meeting.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board hopes to hear from the public on Monday, July 9, its opinions on a bond that could be floated as soon as November and might approach $5 million if all elements now being discussed are included.
In the past six weeks, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon, school officials have begun leaning toward asking for two elements that were in early May less likely.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday approved the first increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate since 2008, a 2-cent hike that will bring it to about 62.3 cents for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins on July 1.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials and City Manager Mel Hawley expect the city’s residential school rate to drop by a little bit less than a penny, meaning the overall residential property rate in Vergennes should rise by a little more than a penny.
MIDDLEBURY –– Questions asked in Russian peppered the air in the conference room in the Addison Independent offices this Tuesday as a delegation of five Russian journalists from the Open World program asked about journalistic practices in the U.S., finances and government accountability.
LEICESTER — They may have to agree to disagree.
The Leicester and Salisbury selectboards held a joint special meeting on June 14 to address concerns of a handful of residents in both towns regarding the annual Vermont Sun Triathlon series. While race organizers said some minor changes may be made to appease the residents, it all comes down to coexistence.
The triathlons, which are run on four Sunday mornings each summer, include a swimming portion in Lake Dunmore, and biking and running legs on Route 53 and other nearby roads.
BRISTOL — On one morning last week in the bright white interior of LuLu, the new Bristol ice cream shop, Martha Mack and Linda Harmon listed the day’s flavors on a hanging spool of paper.
“Basil,” Mack told her mother, who wrote out each flavor in colorful marker. “Caramelized banana. Curried peanut. Toasted coconut. Strawberry and tarragon sorbet.”
PANTON — Vermont State Police are investigating several reports of burglaries, unlawful mischief and suspicious vehicles in the Lake Street and Arnold Bay Road neighborhoods of Panton during the month of June.
On June 25, VSP troopers met with Panton residents to hear their concerns and advise them how to protect their property.
The reported crimes included three break-ins during which nothing was apparently stolen.