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April 10th, 2014
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Legislature is currently debating two bills aimed at protecting the state’s waterways. One seeks to regulate shoreline development while the other hopes to reduce the amount of phosphorus dumped into Lake Champlain and other waterways.
The shorelands bill, H.526, would set standards for development of Vermont’s lakes and watersheds.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday set a reconsideration vote for the $6.5 million town offices-recreation center project for Tuesday, May 13. That Australian ballot vote will be preceded by an informational meeting on Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the municipal gym.
BRANDON — Rutland Northeast Superintendent John Castle is heading home.
The 49-year-old is leaving RNeSU in June for Newport’s North Country Supervisory Union, which encompasses Castle’s hometown. He will take the superintendent reins from Robert Kern, who is retiring after seven years.
Castle relocated from his hometown of Holland, Vt., five years ago to become the superintendent at RNeSU after longtime supervisory union head Bill Mathis retired in 2009.
VERGENNES — The Vermont Council on Rural Development and local sponsors are inviting all members of the Vergennes community to participate next Wednesday in a community meeting to set a path for the future and put forth a short list of projects to advance the community.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s rigorous standards for selecting and training its part-time police officers has placed the department in somewhat of a personnel pickle, according to its chief, and also stretched its budget.
Once trained, said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, the part-time officers are being wooed by other law enforcement agencies to fill fulltime positions, to the extent that the Middlebury force currently has no part-timers on its roster of 14 officers.
MIDDLEBURY — Two-and-a-half-year-old Charlotte LaFayette McConnell is making stellar progress in her recovery from injuries sustained after being struck by an SUV on Weybridge Street on April 1, and a fundraising effort launched on her behalf had yielded more than $13,000 as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center inducted 21 students into the National Technical Honor Society on Wednesday, March 19. The goal of the society is to see that deserving technical center students be recognized and that people of the community become aware of the talents and abilities of the young people and adults who choose technical education pathways to a successful future.
The primary reason to phase in the minimum wage hike in Vermont from $8.73 per hour to $10.10 per hour over three years—instead of rushing to that level by Jan. 1, 2015 as House bill H-552 mandates—is so Vermont businesses can gradually adjust to the 15 percent hike in labor expenses and are not put at a disadvantage with neighboring states.
That argument, and the big-picture narrative that goes along with it, seems lost on many members of the House.