August 23rd, 2011
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Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.
Due to predicted inclement weather, the New York State DOT has just announced the postponement of the scheduled installation of the arch for the Lake Champlain Bridge until Friday, August 26th.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents on Sept. 13 will gather for the first of several upcoming community forums to offer their views on how their local elementary school should be governed and managed during a future that will likely be marked by continuing low enrollment.
The meeting will be the first in a series of discussions in all seven Addison Central Supervisory Union towns on whether the district should consider consolidating its governance structure and/or more effectively share resources in acknowledgment of growing expenses and fewer students.
VERGENNES — Few, if any, employees of Vergennes Union High School other than Nate Kittredge have ever earned the nickname “The Animal.”
But no one who has seen Kittredge, the VUHS wrestling coach and for the past three years the school’s prevention coordinator, in any of his dozen professional Mixed Martial Arts bouts would debate whether he deserves his billing.
While on his presidential tour of Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa last week, President Obama ducked out from underneath the shroud of Washington’s partisan politics to occasionally defend the role of government: “Don’t buy into this notion that somehow all our problems would be solved if we eliminate government,” Mr. Obama said in responding to a question in Alpha, Ill., noting that police officers, firefighters and soldiers all represent the face of government. “There’s a difference between politics and government.”
ADDISON COUNTY — With the invasive emerald ash borer knocking at the door, Vermont’s ash tree population is in grave danger of being wiped out.
But if scientists and forest workers can identify the insect early enough, the profitable hardwoods might still have a fighting chance — by using the paralyzing powers of a native wasp to serve as an early warning system.
FERRISBURGH — After months of talks, Ferrisburgh selectmen and a corporation with a Montpelier mailing address have struck a deal for the sale of the town’s 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.
The purchase-and-sale contract between Ferrisburgh and Eastern Development Corp., signed Aug. 1, is for the full price for which the property was listed in September 2010, $375,000, and the buyer paid a $15,000 deposit to take the land off the market.
SHOREHAM — The Shoreham selectboard has selected longtime resident and former orchardist Sanford Witherell to join its ranks until the March elections. Witherell fills a spot recently vacated by Selectwoman Marthe Fisher, who stepped down on July 15 amid increasing professional and family commitments.
Witherell and his family owned and operated the Noggin Orchard in Shoreham until around two years ago, when Champlain Orchards acquired the property.