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January 11th, 2012
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes (VDT) inadvertently displayed personal data from a weekly batch of Property Transfer Tax Returns for less than two hours on a vendor portion of its website on January 9th.
In Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first state-of-the-state speech to lawmakers last Thursday he was as good a salesman pitching the “Vermont Strong” message, complete with license plates to help those still in need, as he was ring-master while directing the recovery effort after Tropical Storm Irene. As well he should be. Being the state’s leader not only means coming up with novel and effective ideas, but also being able to bring those ideas to completion.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Jan. 5 exhorted lawmakers to attack such issues as health care reform, drug abuse and improving public education with the same zeal and creativity that Vermonters showed in rebuilding the state’s roads and bridges following Tropical Storm Irene last August.
And Addison County lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they were up for the challenge.
VERGENNES — The newest addition to the Vergennes landscape towers over the Northlands Job Corps campus and is capable of powering 20 homes.
On Dec. 30, Vermont contractors Engineers Construction and Encore Redevelopment finished installing a 121-foot-tall wind turbine on a knoll on the north end of the Northlands Job Corps campus.
The windmill, built in Barre by Northern Power Systems, will be owned and operated by Green Mountain Power, but the Vergennes job-training center will receive 10 percent of its power output.
BRISTOL — Since Jim Lockridge took over as director of The Hub teen center in Bristol in 2008, new rules have been implemented to reduce substance abuse and profane language, the facility and its resources have grown exponentially and programming has expanded substantially.
The end result?
More kids are coming. The staff has doubled. And thanks to a hefty slate of grants, all of this has happened without a serious impact on local taxes.
WEYBRIDGE — It was 1982, and Jim D’Avignon Sr. thought the time was right for him to spend a little less time under the hoods of vehicles at the family business, the Weybridge Garage, in order to give back to his community as member of the town selectboard.
MONKTON — In just a few weeks, Addison County musician Mark LaVoie will be heading to the tropics on a sold-out luxury cruise.
Sounds ritzy, but for LaVoie the trip will be a working vacation. The East Monkton harmonica player forms one part of a blues-roots duo with New York City-based blues singer Bill Sims Jr., and theirs will be one of nearly 30 groups to perform aboard the week-long Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in the Caribbean.
BRISTOL — Heading into its second year, Hogback Community College has doubled its course offerings and is expanding beyond the realm of ecology-focused classes to incorporate courses in health, acting and even homebrewing. The first classes start later this month with some getting under way later in the spring.
Based in the five-town region around Bristol, this offshoot of Vermont Family Forests — a local nonprofit dedicated to environmental conservation — doesn’t offer grades and doesn’t have a campus.