May 14th, 2012
VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley introduced a draft budget to Vergennes aldermen at their May 8 meeting that could again allow them to keep level the portion of the city tax rate that funds municipal services.
The total of the proposed budget — not including fee-supported sewer spending — is $1,727,963, an increase of about $20,000.
Including $28,039 of charitable requests, the total grows to $1,756,002 and would increase by about $17,000 (because of a slight drop in those charitable requests).
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LINCOLN — Dancing gorillas, chattering teeth, jumping owls, rolling hamburgers, a climbing panda and a Mickey Mouse that strolls. What do they all have in common?
They’re wind-up toys — a cultural relic of childhoods past.
MIDDLEBURY — Jason Schnoor in February got to witness India’s Taj Mahal, one of the most opulent and grandiose structures ever made by man.
But that elegant edifice paled in significance to another, far less conspicuous man-made creation that Schnoor and six of his colleagues dispensed to more than 130 children on a single day in India — a vaccine, doled out in simple two-drop increments, aimed at ridding the world of polio.
VERMONT — The U.S. Postal Service last week put forth a plan it says would save rural post offices, including several in Addison County that have been on the chopping block.
Instead of closing post offices, the agency is proposing to cut down the hours of some 13,000 rural post offices nationwide, including more than 140 in Vermont and 11 in Addison County.
The local towns that could see a change in post office hours are Bridport, Ferrisburgh, Granville, Hancock, Monkton, North Ferrisburgh, Orwell, Salisbury, Shoreham, Starksboro and Whiting.
MIDDLEBURY — TJ Donovan is seeking to graduate from chief prosecutor in the state’s most populous county to the chief law enforcement officer for the entire state.
Fulfilling that goal will be no small task, and Donovan, 38, knows it. He would need to prevail in an Aug. 28 Democratic primary contest against 15-year incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell, and then compete in the General Election in November.
Donovan said his candidacy is nothing personal against Sorrell.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 8 took testimony from a handful of citizens and one developer at a public hearing on new zoning regulations proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission.
Questions at the Tuesday hearing focused on building lot regulations in the new Historic Neighborhood District (HND), new requirements for rebuilding structures after catastrophic losses in the existing Central Business District, and permitted uses in the existing Otter Creek basin district.
BRISTOL — After the better part of a decade searching for the man who stole a Bristol Police Department cruiser while drunk, then crashed it, police last Thursday captured the man in his brother’s home in Starksboro.
Later that same day, Addison County Superior Court Judge Helen Toor sentenced Carroll Thompson, 60, to four to six years in jail.
ADDISON COUNTY — The eighth annual Way to Go! commuter challenge kicked off on Monday morning, as people around the state headed to work on foot, by bike and by bus.
The weeklong event, which this year runs from May 14 through 18, invites participation from individuals, schools and businesses, offering awards to those who conserve the most. Last year, the city of Vergennes and the Goodrich Corp.’s Vergennes office both won recognition.