April 1st, 2013
VERGENNES — Vergennes city council members at their meeting last week said they will almost certainly fill the vacancy on the council at their April 9 meeting, and two candidates have emerged for the vacancy created when Alderman Bill Benton won a race for mayor on March 5.
BRANDON — A neighboring landowner has appealed a recent Brandon Development Review Board decision to permit a medical marijuana dispensary on Lovers Lane.
Joanne Nichols filed an appeal to the Vermont Environmental Court on March 21, citing numerous concerns with the proposed facility, including issues of safety, privacy, odor and air quality, pesticides and fertilizers, and the potential risk of living next to a “high-crime target.”
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas Systems will hold an informational meeting on Monday, April 1, in the Middlebury Municipal Gym, from 7-9 p.m. to discuss potential pipeline routes for its proposed natural gas pipeline.
BRISTOL — During this month’s annual Legion Birthday Dinner in Bristol, Commander Ron LaRose presented the annual Above and Beyond Awards to Brenda Boutin of Starksboro and Jim Rivers of Bristol.
Boutin was nominated by Jan McCleery for her exceptional volunteer work for the Starksboro Senior Meal Program. She spends many hours procuring food and product donations that she uses to prepare the meals and desserts for all that attend. The number of people served at this monthly meal has increased to 45.
ADDISON COUNTY — It was a dream season for longtime Coach Connie LaRose’s Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team, which won the Division II title with a 23-1 record thanks to skill, teamwork, chemistry, hard work and relentless defense.
RIPTON — A crisp and sunny but windy day accompanied 40 skiers out of the mass start area and onto the Tormondsen Family Race Trail for the annual Bread Loaf Citizens’ Race at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton on March 17. Participants ranged in ages from 6.75 (Greta Jennison) up to 70.
In a sign of what the nation might hope is the start of a continuing trend, Colorado became the first Western state to adopt tougher gun control laws with the recent signing of legislation.
The measure, which is similar to what Vermont legislators were asked to consider but decided not to tackle this year, bans magazines for automatic assault-style weapons that hold more than 15 rounds and requires background checks made online or through private parties (like gun shows).