August 18th, 2014
MONKTON — Does soil along the VELCO power line route in Monkton contain unsafe levels of a hazardous chemical, and if so, who is responsible for cleaning it up?
Those questions were the subject of a meeting among a dozen Monkton residents and representatives from the departments of Public Service, Health and Environmental Conservation, as well as VELCO on the evening of Aug. 7 at the Monkton Firehouse.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Monday, Aug. 25, will have a chance to learn more about and comment on a new municipal plan that city officials are calling an update to the award-winning 2009 Vergennes plan, not a rewrite.
The Vergennes City Council set a public hearing on the updated plan for 6 p.m. that Monday in the Vergennes fire department’s basement meeting room.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to making their decision on using option tax reserves for a utility project, members at their Tuesday meeting also approved several moves that came before the board earlier this summer.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Hard Cider doesn’t do anything halfway, as evidenced by last week’s grand unveiling of its new, 100,000-square-foot, $34 million cidery off Exchange Street.
Various state officials and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., spoke and observed the ribbon cutting for a facility that will churn out thousands of gallons of the company’s popular Woodchuck brand cider.
WALTHAM — The Waltham residential property tax rate for the current fiscal year rose by 28.74 cents, or about 16 percent, the largest increase among the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.
Waltham’s selectboard set its residential and non-residential tax rates last week. Like all Vermont property tax rates, an increase in the statewide school tax rate pushed the town’s rates higher.
MIDDLEBURY — There are now three write-in candidates for two side judge slots that until recently had no takers. Longtime Middlebury resident Alice George has confirmed her plans to join Mark Smith and Irene Poole in a write-in effort for the Aug. 26 primary, a necessary step for the candidates to have their names placed on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
ADDISON COUNTY — A tenet of good business practices is to minimize risk. In agriculture, where profit margins are thin, this is especially true.
MIDDLEBURY — Noonie Deli’s “Purple’s Pleasure” and “Vermonter” sandwiches still taste and look the same, but they’re now being made under new ownership.
Late last month, the owners of the Marble Works deli, Brian and Jenny Phelps, sold the business to Jericho couple Jay Lafountain and Lauren Barland.