June 28th, 2012
In a report released Monday, it was announced that Vermont firms landed $625 million in military contracts in 2011. That placed the state fifth in New England, ahead of only Rhode Island at $472 million. Massachusetts and Connecticut were tops with $13.9 billion and $12.7 billion respectively. Maine captured $5 billion and New Hampshire garnered $1.3 billion.
“Good visit, but boy, are we old!” my college friend “Cowboy” emailed me recently after we had returned to our respective homes after our college class reunion. “Let’s not make it 20 years between connecting again.”
I didn’t think we were getting old, but did note that it was the 25th anniversary of our graduation from Dartmouth College and wondered where my friend had lost the other five years. Perhaps those senior moments are coming a little more frequently nowadays.
We dropped our 12-year-old off at summer camp last Sunday.
She was only too glad to get away from us, especially after her father started singing made-up camp songs in line during registration (mortifying her is one of his many talents; singing is not).
She’s at an age where we are no longer her favorite people to spend time with — or even be seen with, really. But to her, camp is more than an escape: She thinks it’s fun. I went to camp once, and let me tell you, she’s wrong.
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.
Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the 2012 federal Farm Bill. The second article, covering the bill’s possible impact on nutrition assistance programs, will appear in Monday’s edition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, a five-year bill that determines funding and policy for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs — including some that could affect Vermont farmers and residents.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to set the fiscal year 2013 municipal tax rate at 86.36 cents per $100 in property value for residential and non-residential taxpayers, an increase of around 2.6 cents compared to the current rate of 83.75 cents.
BRISTOL — Since 2005, the Bristol-based health care advocacy group Five Town Health Alliance, or 5THA, has sought to provide broader and cheaper primary care to Addison County residents.
Beginning next week, the organization will take its biggest stride yet in accomplishing this goal, as it teams up with Mountain Health Center to create a new non-profit health center in Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the concept of removing the current municipal building at the intersection of College and South Main streets and replacing it with a more efficient structure that will include town offices and a community center.