July 19th, 2016
BRISTOL — A Florida man was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment of what Vermont State Police described as a “serious injury to his neck and back” after a diving accident at Bartlett Falls in Bristol on Monday, July 18.
It was at around 12:30 p.m. that VSP troopers and Bristol police, fire and rescue officials responded to Bartlett Falls off Lincoln Road on a report of a swimmer in distress.
ADDISON COUNTY — If you’re like many Vermonters, you have a well drilled hundreds of feet into the depths of your yard. This well probably supplies water for drinking, washing, bathing and cooking to your family — and if you’re like many Vermonters, the odds say that water’s never been tested.
SALISBURY — A new law endorsed by the Salisbury selectboard that aims to reduce the odds of accidental shootings in town has backfired in the opinion of some local residents.
They are seeking to repeal the ordinance through a townwide vote on Tuesday, July 19, because they believe the measure might restrict hunting within the community and perhaps even affect their right to own guns.
FERRISBURGH — The little brown bats of Ferrisburgh’s Kingsland Bay State Park are getting a major housing upgrade thanks to the freely donated efforts of two dedicated bat enthusiasts and the local utility company.
Green Mountain Power lineworkers last Thursday morning planted four tall utility poles near the woods at the park and then used a bucket truck to hoist a 1,140-pound “bat condo” on top of them to create a new home for the flying mammals.
MIDDLEBURY — Imagine that your family is living in poverty. However hard you work, there just isn’t enough money to make a difference. The only way to make enough money is to leave. You have to leave behind everything you have ever known — your family, your language, your country, even your favorite foods. You don’t know exactly where you’re headed or how long it is until you can return, only that your leaving means money and a better future for your family.
MIDDLEBURY — Receiving a property tax bill is never fun. But Middlebury residents who opened their fiscal year 2017 property tax bills last week found reason to smile a little bit, upon learning they will be paying a little less than they did last year.
Thanks to some slightly larger-than-expected growth in the town’s grand list and some tight school budgets, residential property taxpayers will be assessed at a rate of $2.786 per $100 in property value, representing a 3.9-cent decrease from last year’s rate of $2.8251.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Jan. 15, Riley, a healthy six-pound, 10-ounce baby boy was born to Anna and Justin Harrington at Porter Hospital. The two brought their newborn back to their home in Middlebury after an agonizing 50 hours of labor, and were ecstatic to be new parents to the little guy, who Anna lovingly called “amazing and fun.”