June 15th, 2015
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their June 9 meeting reached consensus on a 75-cent municipal tax rate, a decision that, if made final by their June 30 deadline to set the city’s 2015-2016 budget and tax rate, would mean a 2.5-cent property tax increase.
Mayor Bill Benton said discussion focused more on what would be fair to ask of residents than on specifics of the draft budget presented by City Manager Mel Hawley.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their June 9 meeting signed a resolution in support of a Mary Johnson Children’s Center proposal for a childcare facility to serve 30 preschoolers, one that would be built on a 1.5-acre Armory Lane lot near the city’s three-year-old senior center.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — After the wind calmed on Saturday, June 6, 12 men gathered in East Middlebury to set up for the annual community picnic. Ranging in age from 10 to 60, they made short work of erecting a large tent loaned by Eric Murray. Then the tables, chairs and a food tent were added to scene.
BRISTOL — United Way of Addison County held its annual Community Celebration on May 28. The event was sponsored by Mary’s at Baldwin Creek and Bristol Financial Services, and generously hosted by Linda Harmon and Doug Mack in Mary’s beautiful barn and with fabulous food. Awards were given to businesses, nonprofits and individuals this year. The event was held to honor and thank those businesses and community members who worked to make Addison County strong by supporting this year’s campaign.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish & Wildlife is reminding would-be moose hunters that June 17 is the deadline to apply for a permit for next fall’s hunt.
It’s quickest to apply on their website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, which automatically enters applicants to win a new Thompson Center “Triumph” muzzleloader.
MONTPELIER — Vermont State Parks and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are teaming up this season to promote and enhance fishing opportunities for campers and visitors at state parks across Vermont through the recently created “Reel Fun” program.
This exciting new program will encourage park visitors to take advantage of the diverse, easily accessible and family-friendly fishing opportunities that exist in most Vermont State Parks.
SHELBURNE — Shovels and tree saplings at the ready, an energetic group of volunteers, including 35 biology students from Vergennes Union High School, fan out along an eroding riverbank. Planting locations are scouted, holes are dug, young trees are gingerly placed, and moist earth is tamped down.
ADDISON COUNTY — The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Midwestern United States could have severe consequences for Vermont’s poultry producers. Although HPAI is not directly affecting Vermont at this time, the disease may begin to affect New England as early as fall of 2015, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
This is of particular interest in Addison County, home to two of the largest poultry producers and one of the largest egg producers in the state, not to mention numerous backyard flocks.