January 7th, 2013
LEICESTER — Vermont State Police are investigating the source of a fire that caused extensive damage to a home on the shores of Lake Dunmore in Leicester last Thursday morning.
Brandon and Pittsford fire departments responded at a little after 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 to a residential structure fire at 236 Sage Court. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The Rutland Herald reported that homeowners Jeff and Cheryl McDonough were away on vacation.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board will meet on Tuesday and could then adopt a budget proposal for the 2013-2014 school year that would drop spending over current levels by almost 4 percent.
If board members adopt the draft now before them, they would be cutting about $66,600 from the current $1.68 million budget to arrive at spending of roughly $1.61 million. The final budget proposal will need to be approved by voters.
ADDISON COUNTY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, considered running for Senate majority leader this year but ultimately decided against such a move in order to remain actively involved in ongoing health care reform legislation.
MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers will return to the Statehouse next week to tackle an agenda they said will include tough budgeting, further health care reforms, growing jobs, Lake Champlain cleanup, promoting renewable energy, battling drug crime and addiction, and perhaps some gun control measures.
“Money, money and money,” Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, answered in response to what he believed would be the top three concerns during the 2013 session.
FERRISBURGH — The town of Ferrisburgh was presented in November an offer to lease about 3.5 acres of its 34.9-acre parcel next to Vergennes, an offer that according to the company making it could be worth about a half-million dollars over its 20-year term.
But the selectboard has yet to carefully study whether that claim is accurate or enter into serious negotiations with Encore Redevelopment, the Burlington firm proposing to lease the land and put a solar panel array on it that would produce 700,000 kilowatts a year.
BRISTOL — New Year’s Eve brought freezing temperatures and a flurry of snow, but downtown Bristol was alight and abuzz with activities, as area residents and families came out in droves to enjoy a series of performances and activities during the seventh annual Bristol Best Night celebration.
“It’s a real community event,” said Rick Ceballos, one of the small number of volunteer organizers. He described the town’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration as a labor of love.
VERGENNES — It was only a couple of months ago that Dave Huntley was jobless, homeless and living out of his car.
“I’d been working on a farm in Barton,” Huntley said during a recent interview at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes, where he eventually landed. “There weren’t too many farm jobs out there.”
But thanks to the efforts of the shelter, other area nonprofits and a Vergennes landlord, Huntley is a now a rent-paying tenant at a local residence.