MONTPELIER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Vermont are seeking public input on a recently released draft proposal to restore the water quality in Lake Champlain. Also released is a timeline for completing the Lake Champlain restoration plan, which includes a number of opportunities for the public to get involved.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Health Connect Navigators and officials are participating in and hosting upcoming events to educate Vermonters about new health coverage options. More than 200 Navigators are available in communities throughout the state to help Vermonters learn more, enroll in a plan, and access financial help through Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance website.
The Vermont Health Connect representatives’ schedule for meeting with the public in Addison County is as follows:
• Monday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
BRISTOL — Bristol police cited a Bristol man for driving with a criminally suspended license and violating conditions of his release on Thanksgiving Day.
Thomas Plantier, 27, was pulled over at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 on Route 116 for allegedly speeding in a work zone. Police said that Plantier is on active conditions of release for two open cases in Addison County Superior Court, and that his conditions of release require that he not operate a motor vehicle.
Police released Plantier with a citation to appear in court at a later date.
HUNTINGTON — Bob Spear often stood this summer, staring silently at the disaster wrought by a July flood. A rainstorm had ripped a deep ravine outside his Birds of Vermont Museum, destroying the entrance walkway and cutting off access to bird-watching trails in the woods.
Trees tipped precariously over the edge of the ravine, its bottom a tumble of gravel, exposed culverts and debris. Repairs may cost $40,000 or more, money the museum doesn’t have.
BRISTOL — Town officials are inching closer to selecting a location for a new firehouse in Bristol. In a presentation to the Bristol Planning Commission Nov. 18, the Fire Facility Site Selection Committee recommended two sites for further vetting.
MIDDLEBURY — Well-known Vermont contralto Linda Radtke will join St. Stephen’s Church organist George Matthew Jr. in the first concert of the third annual Noontime Advent Series this Thursday, Dec. 5, at the church on the Middlebury town green.
All three of the concerts in the series begin at 12:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the free performances, and brown bagging is encouraged.
SHOREHAM — Martin Veit and Sophie Gerry were both active cyclists until a fateful day this past fall in Shoreham when an allegedly drunken driver knocked them off their bikes and onto a long road to recovery. Neither of the two unrelated bikers have gotten back into the cycling saddle since the sixth annual Tour de Farms back on Sept. 15, when police say Brian E. Miller, 54, struck the pair as they were riding along Route 74 west of Shoreham village.
ADDISON COUNTY — United Way of Addison County is joining a promotion dubbed “#GivingTuesday” that aims to inspire people to take action to improve their communities and give back to help create a better world for everyone.
On Dec. 3 — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — #GivingTuesday will leverage social media to create a national movement dedicated to giving, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been positioned to be synonymous with holiday shopping.