September 12th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — A sunny May, a rain-rich early summer and some recent cold nights have produced the perfect recipe for the state’s apple crop, already dubbed by area orchardists to be the best in years.
“It’s a bumper crop,” said Bill Suhr of Shoreham’s Champlain Orchards, which grows more than 50 varieties of apples that are hanging heavy on the trees.
“We have a lot of fruit available.”
LINCOLN — Western states plagued by hot, dry conditions have been beset by wildfires this summer. In late August, more than 50 large wildfires were burning across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
When local resources are strained, towns and municipalities request assistance from agencies in other parts of the country.
ADDISON — The Addison selectboard has set a Sept. 16 public informational meeting on the future of the now vacant former Addison Town Hall on Route 22A, and that gathering will also focus on a septic system that could serve not only that building, but also the Addison Community Baptist Church and the town’s nearby fire station and clerk’s office.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Oct. 8 will vote on a draft memorandum of understanding with Vermont Gas that spells out the conditions under which the board could endorse the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury.
The board on Monday got an initial glimpse of the memo, prepared by the town’s attorneys, according to Middlebury Selectman Victor Nuovo.
MIDDLEBURY — They came in buses, van, cars and on bikes to Middlebury Union Middle School on Tuesday evening to protest the proposed Addison Natural Gas Project.
The protest — announced in advance by Rising Tide Vermont — officially kicked off at 6 p.m., an hour before the Vermont Public Service Board hearing on the proposed 43-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — As the members of the Middlebury College class of 2017 began their collegiate careers Monday, the first day of the fall semester, the college was also welcoming news this week that it got high marks of its own in a prestigious college ranking.
FERRISBURGH — Thanks to Ferrisburgh’s recently completed town-wide property reappraisal, town taxpayers are looking at lower rates this tax year, by about 8 cents for homeowners and 10 cents for commercial property owners.
Town Clerk Chet Hawkins said Ferrisburgh’s Common Level of Assessment (CLA) — which measures how the town’s property assessments stack up to fair market value, according to Vermont Department of Taxes calculations — rose by about 10 percent after the reappraisal.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team with virtually an entirely new starting lineup held off an experienced Rice team for most of Tuesday’s home game, but the Green Knights scored with four minutes to go and left with a 2-1 victory.