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May 28th, 2012
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard kicked off its Monday meeting by holding annual public hearings for the water district, sewer district and landfill.
All three spending plans for next fiscal year reflect decreases from this year. Next year’s spending level for:
• The landfill was set at $155,250, down 1.5 percent from this year’s budgeted spending of $157,600.
• The water district was set at $247,700, down 5 percent from this year’s 260,700.
GOSHEN — The town of Goshen is headed to court on May 30 to defend itself against a lawsuit brought by a former town constable.
Tom Kerr is suing the town in Addison County District Court on four counts, stating that the town unlawfully terminated his constable position, trash and recycling removal and landscaping contracts, and invoking Vermont’s “whistleblower law,” which prevents employers from retaliating against a worker who files a complaint or reports a problem with the employer.
WALTHAM — The FBI continues to investigate the April 12 shooting deaths on Kodiak Island, Alaska, of Coast Guardsmen Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, a 41-year-old native of Waltham, and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle. After six weeks the FBI has made no arrests.
Hopkins and Belisle were found dead at their stations at Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak on the morning of April 12. Kodiak Island, about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, hosts a Coast Guard base with about 4,000 Guardsmen, families and civilian employees.
VERMONT — Without Gregory Sanford, Vermont history just wouldn’t be the same.
For 30 years, he’s been the state archivist, preserving, organizing, cataloguing — and pondering — the documents that underpin the existence of the state we call Vermont. He’s been equal parts crusader and visionary, enthusiastically at home in an arcane, fascinating field that is distant from most of us — and yet, ever-present in our lives. For without our history, what are we?
LEICESTER — After nearly two years of work, the Leicester selectboard and planning commission are in the final stages of crafting a new town plan.
The new plan will replace the 2003 version, which expired in 2008. Selectboard chair Diane Benware said last Thursday that the final rewrites had just been completed, and copies were mailed to the selectboard and planning commissions for review.
Crowds turned out to celebrate the opening of the new Champlain Bridge over the weekend of May 19. The bridge opened to traffic in the late fall of 2011, two years after the old bridge was closed down due to safety concerns. The bridge reconnected a link between Vermont and New York
The parade mimicked many elements the original opening parade in 1929, which was attended by then New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
June is almost here, and it’s time to think about ground cover plants.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Vermont Gov. James Douglas has penned an autobiography in which he touches upon the highlights of almost 40 years in Vermont politics. In the book, due to be released before year’s end, Douglas offers some candid thoughts on some of the state and federal lawmakers with whom he worked during a political career that he says he has no interest in rekindling.
The underlying theme of the Middlebury Republican’s book will be “How can a Republican succeed in Vermont?”