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August 20th, 2009
BRISTOL — Bristol voters will take to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to weigh in on a $1.5 million bond to fund stormwater system upgrades on North Street.
If the bond vote is approved, the town could be in line for stimulus funding that could pay for as much as half of that project. Town officials have said that if the stimulus money falls through, they won’t move forward on the stormwater improvements — but Bristol residents have to approve the bond first if the town is to be eligible for the government funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday indefinitely postponed its scheduled disciplinary hearing for Police Chief Mike Lowe, and at the same time confirmed that Lowe will no longer be drawing his salary while he remains on administrative leave.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Three Sodbusters Horseshoe Club members, all Bristol residents, fared well at the two-week World Championship Tournament held in Springfield, Ill., which concluded this past weekend.
ADDISON COUNTY — Light streamed in through the paper-thin walls of the temporary shed, a small, greenhouse-like structure plunked down on a Bridport dairy farm. Here, Mark Hoffman is dabbling in alchemy.
Hoffman, a project manager for Montpelier-based Algepower, peered into shallow, plastic troughs stacked one above the other. He was between experiments, and the troughs were mostly empty, but when the system is in full swing the plastic slings are filled with murky green water and hungry algae.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Central School Principal JoAnn Taft-Blakely on Thursday said school maintenance men Wayne Barrows and Gerry Blair would be two of the town’s most important employees this week.
That’s because this summer’s $1.5 million project to improve the school — including installing new heating, ventilation and electrical systems; putting on new, long-lasting rubberized roofing; replacing stained ceiling tiles and rotting soffits; and insulating the space between the ceiling and roof — will be completed on time.
MIDDLEBURY — A single mom working hard just to keep four young children clothed and fed, Jill Smith never held on to much hope of owning her own house. It was a dream that occasionally floated through her head as she and her active brood made a temporary home in the basement of a friend’s house.
ADDISON COUNTY — Heading into the dog days of summer, vegetable and flower gardens around Addison County were in full bloom this month. Join the Addison County Independent for a look at just a few of the gardens cultivated by local green thumbs using this interactive Google map.
MIDDLEBURY — The attorney for Vergennes Police Chief Michael Lowe on Monday entered on Lowe’s behalf a plea of innocent to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs at Lowe’s arraignment in Addison County District Court.
According to a Vermont State Police affidavit that became public on Monday, a blood test showed Lowe had traces of six prescription drugs in his system when he was driving a Vergennes police cruiser that hit a parked car on June 7.