August 15th, 2016
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes Police Department along with other Addison and Chittenden county law enforcement agencies, will be on the lookout for incidents of driving under the influence for the rest of the month.
Those agencies will be conducting DUI checkpoints and roving DUI interdiction patrols in Addison County throughout August.
MIDDLEBURY — It must be August, since my pulse is quickening with thoughts of the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that will take place Aug. 25-28. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar was committed to the long haul for our festival, but last year’s popular and well-received first edition insured that we’d do it again. The 2015 event was lots of fun, with a spontaneous air of discovery, as audiences moved around town, taking chances on unknown “first and second films” that provided fresh opportunities for discovery.
BRANDON — State officials say they will use a new pot of federal money to keep an eye out for mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus and to educate health care providers who may see people with the tropical disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control this month awarded a $200,000 grant to the state of Vermont to address the threat of the Zika virus. The money will be split between the state Agency of Agriculture and the Department of Health and used to trap and test mosquitos as well as to educate health providers and the public about the virus.
For most of his career, Norman Ernsting was a puppeteer in New York City entertaining 300 or more children 100 days a year at the Museum of the American Indian — a gig in which he also created all the sets and carved all the puppets. Today, now 79 and spending his summers in Charlotte, Vt., Ernsting uses those skills as a ceramic sculptor focusing on ancient civilizations.
His journey from puppeteer to sculptor was anything but smooth and straightforward.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials late last week identified the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) as their choice for affiliation, if the Porter Medical community opts to eschew independence for a partnership with another health care organization. Here are some details about UVMHN, culled from the organization’s website, www.uvmhealth.org:
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Board will affiliate itself with the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) if the Porter community ultimately determines that such a partnership — rather than remaining independent — is in the best interests of PMC’s future as it could net Porter long-term financial stability and some major upgrades — including a new medical office building.
The potential affiliation is a decision that will be made by this coming spring, Porter officials said.
ADDISON COUNTY — Many property owners in the northeast corner of Addison County will be seeing lower tax bills this year.
Property tax rates are down for resident homeowners in Lincoln, New Haven and Starksboro and for nonresident property owners in Lincoln, compared to last year. Nonresidents in New Haven and Starksboro will see slightly higher property taxes.
Selectboards in all three towns recently set tax rates for this year.