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08/22/2019
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectboard members on Tuesday heard from Building Committee member Jean Richardson and Selectman Red Muir that they are working with Bread Loaf Corp. to deal with several ongoing issues with the town’s nine-year-old office building, including problems with its slate roofing and front entrance. Richardson gave a long list of both minor and more significant issues that she had discussed with a Division of Historic Preservation official during a recent visit, including deteriorating wood in some areas, the need for paint, and water intrusion that is undermining the...

CYCLISTS ROLL IN the 13th Annual Kelly Brush Ride on Sept. 8, 2018. The annual ride, which starts and finishes in Middlebury and winds through the Champlain Valley, will ride for the 14th time this Sept. 7. Image courtesy Kelly Brush Foundation
08/22/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of Vermont’s largest charity bike ride are gearing up for the 14th annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations. It will begin and end in Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 7. “Last year 900 participants hit the road for adaptive sports. We are looking forward to another strong turnout with cyclists, handcyclists and, for the second year, golfers showing their support and raising funds for our mission to inspire and empower people with spinal cord injuries to live active lives,” said Zeke Davisson, executive director of the Kelly Brush Foundation. Funds raised...
08/22/2019
CORNWALL — Vermont State Police are investigating a fatal, one-vehicle crash in which a Middlebury man is believed to have deliberately driven into the Otter Creek near the temporary bridge that connects Swamp Road in Salisbury and Creek Road in Cornwall during the early afternoon of Tuesday. At 12:54 p.m. on Aug. 20, troopers were called to the site where a historic covered bridge stood until it burned down three years ago. They found the victim — 67-year-old Joseph H. LaRocque — inside his submerged vehicle. Emergency responders tried in vain to revive LaRocque, who was later pronounced...
08/22/2019
VERMONT — On Monday, Planned Parenthood bowed out of receiving federal funds due to a restrictive Trump administration rule — and Vermont, a state with no alternative funding recipients, will now forgo the money entirely. The new rule does not allow states to pass on federal funds to agencies that may refer health care clients for abortions, even if those funds won’t be used for abortions. Several Vermont state bodies, including the Legislature, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Agency of Human Services, are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood retains the funds to operate. During...
08/22/2019
VERGENNES — Attention runners, walkers and wannabes: You’re invited to join the 38th Annual Vergennes Day Race featuring a 5K run, 10K run, 15K run and 5K walk this coming Saturday morning. Each year the Vergennes Day Race committee chooses a local non-profit as the beneficiary of the race proceeds. This year’s beneficiary is Age Well, an organization dedicated to the support and care of older adults in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties. Local volunteers deliver nutritious meals to Vergennes residents through the non-profit’s Meals on Wheels program. You can take part in...

ENJOY A FREE horse-and-wagon ride at Vergennes Day.
08/22/2019
VERGENNES — Oh, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the shopping. You will see your friends and neighbors moving among the stalls of three-score vendors on the Vergennes City Green this coming Saturday, hear the sounds of musical acts performing on the bandstand amidst the buzzing of the crowd, and whiff the aroma of roasting chicken from the grills staffed by the local Lions. It will all be happening at the 38th annual Vergennes Day — Saturday, Aug. 24.  Vergennes Day actually kicks off the evening before, on Friday, Aug. 23, with a street dance on the City Green featuring the music of “The...
08/22/2019
WEYBRIDGE — A Weybridge man was slated to be arraigned at the Addison County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 21, on sex-related felony charges stemming from allegations he tried to lure a juvenile to engage in a sexual act earlier this month. Travis Cram, 27, faces a felony sexual assault charge, two felony counts of luring a child, and a misdemeanor charge of electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor. It was on Aug. 9, that members of the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations were notified of “conversations” suggesting a 27-year-old man was trying to entice a...

BEAVER BAFFLES LIKE this one being installed in Bolton control water levels to eliminate damage to nearby roads and land while maintaining wetlands for beavers and other wild plants and animals. Photo/Tom Rogers
08/22/2019
MONTPELIER — To prevent flooding on nearby roads and private property, Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff have installed 11 water control devices on beaver dams throughout Vermont this year. Known as ‘beaver baffles,’ these devices allow some water to pass through the dam without breaching it and destroying the wetland. Fish & Wildlife staff expect to continue to install additional beaver baffles throughout the state this year. The baffles are one of many techniques employed or recommended to landowners to minimize beaver damage to property or trees. Other techniques include using fences...
08/22/2019
VERMONT — Three-hundred-ninety-six Vermont high school students graduated from the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) this summer. GIV hosts intensive, hands-on learning experiences for young artists and learners on college campuses throughout Vermont.  These programs provide the opportunity for students to dig into a topic they are passionate about, experience life on a college campus, and make new friends from all over the state.  Eleven Institutes were held this summer, and 37 youths from local schools took part. The students and the institute they attended were:  • Vergennes Union...
08/22/2019
BURLINGTON — Efficiency Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and the Vermont Public Service Department recently announced that nine major Vermont employers — including one in Vergennes — will participate in a new pilot program to reduce operating costs and spur innovation in energy management. Representing manufacturing, tourism and government, the participating businesses and institutions together employ more than 4,500 Vermonters. In every corner of the state, each is an anchor of its community, supporting the local and statewide economy by employing Vermonters...

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