August 6th, 2012
RIPTON — Residents in the climes of Ripton and Lincoln have not had to touch their thermostats for several months, but they are already beginning to think about the cold winter ahead — and particularly about their neighbors who might not have the resources to stay warm.
ADDISON COUNTY — When Starksboro’s Jonah Rule, 32, died in a Fayston car crash at the end of June, he left behind his 28-year-old wife Caitlin and two young children, Austin and Callie.
Following the tragic incident, family and friends banded together to help the stay-at-home mother and her kids move forward. The Jonah Rule Memorial Fund was created, an online crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.com was initiated and numerous fundraisers sprouted up.
FERRISBURGH — The wife of Conrad Bell, who Vermont State Police allege was killed by a Burlington man at a July 27 bonfire in Ferrisburgh, said one element of the VSP court documents filed on July 30 and then reported in the Independent on Aug. 2 is not accurate.
Laurie Bell, 44, of Vergennes said alleged killer Joseph Bolduc, 25, did not threaten her husband in a July 21 phone call, as described in one VSP affidavit.
NEW HAVEN/WALTHAM/ADDISON — Those heading to Addison County Fair and Field Days by Route 17 this week will have a bumpy ride.
Construction on the length of road between Route 22A in Addison and Route 7 in New Haven has been under way since June, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) estimates it will continue until mid-November.
FERRISBURGH — Despite at least modest increases in town spending and in the Ferrisburgh Central School and Vergennes Union High School budgets, Ferrisburgh’s 2012-2013 property tax rates dropped from this past year.
Ferrisburgh’s new residential rate stands at $1.6276 per $100 of assed value — 10.58 cents lower than the 2011-2012 rate.
That decrease translates to a tax bill that is about $200 lower for a Ferrisburgh home assessed at $200,000, assuming its owners are not eligible for property tax relief.
ADDISON — Due to a combination of factors, the town Addison’s residential property tax rates dropped by 14.8 percent for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, while the town’s commercial property tax rate fell by 10 percent.
Addison’s new residential rate is $1.5412 per $100 of assessed value, down from $1.8084.
That decrease of almost 27 cents translates to a tax bill that is about $534 lower for an Addison home assessed at $200,000, assuming its owners are not eligible for property tax relief.
MIDDLEBURY — On July 9 in Addison Superior Court, Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley pleaded no contest to a charge of careless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a plea deal that ended a case against him that began on Feb. 6, when Vermont State Police alleged he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to court documents, Webbley, a 57-year-old Bristol resident and the Vermont Principals’ Association 2010 Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year, was fined $400 for the offense, plus $201 in surcharges.
NEW HAVEN — For most children, typical summer activities include playing outside and trips to the town pool. But for two New Haven girls, summer vacation includes organizing a community fundraiser.
Sisters Emily and Kayley Tardie, age 11 and 7, respectively, have been hard at work planning a fundraiser scheduled to be held in the New Haven Town Hall on Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, called “Just Dance,” will feature a night of dancing, food and prizes for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont.