February 14th, 2013
ADDISON — Organizers of a Feb. 7 community forum devoted to concerns about the recent wave of home break-ins in Addison and surrounding towns said 156 local residents showed up to listen to law enforcement officials, who detailed patrols and several recent arrests.
Crime forum organizer Don Jochum said earlier this week about 50 residents who showed up last week at the Addison Central School forum also expressed interest in forming a neighborhood watch group, and that he is working on scheduling a follow-up organizational meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed Jamie O. Gaucher, deputy chief of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, as the town’s first-ever business development director. In this job he will be responsible for bringing new jobs to Addison County’s shire town.
BOSTON — The New England Newspaper and Press Association honored the Addison County Independent with 22 awards at the regional organization’s annual convention in Boston this past weekend. The Addy Indy was recognized as the best among larger weekly publications of more than 6,000 circulation in five categories.
BRISTOL — At a public luncheon at American Legion Post 19 in Bristol this week, Gov. Peter Shumlin defended his plan to fund a program to weatherize Vermont homes by taxing break-open tickets.
The Vermont Home Energy Challenge is an Efficiency Vermont-led effort to weatherize 80,000 homes by the year 2020. The program is particularly directed at porous homes from which expensive heat is escaping.
BRISTOL — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday boosted his education reform plans (See story, Page 1A), reiterated his support for a bill that would allow terminally ill Vermonters to end their own lives, and explained why he favors bringing the F-35 fighter jet to Burlington for use by the Vermont National Guard.
At a legislative lunch in Bristol and during an interview with the Addison Independent, the issues Shumlin discussed included:
VERGENNES — After two failed bond votes, the Vergennes Union High School board will seek more feedback from the public before putting up another bond proposal for voter approval, its chairwoman said on Tuesday.
The board met on Monday night for the first time since its two-tiered proposal was defeated on Feb. 5.
A $4.2 million plan for renovations to the auditorium and kitchen/cafeteria, new roofing that officials said is badly needed, new bleachers for the middle school gym, and parking and sidewalk improvements failed, 820-671, or 55-45 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Kevin Unrath, who currently heads up the borrower services division of the Middletown Township (New Jersey) Public Library, will in April begin his new job as director of Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.
VERMONT — The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can make life a little easier for working Vermonters struggling to make ends meet with a credit up to $5,900. In addition, any family with dependent children who receives the Vermont EITC is automatically income eligible for food benefits through 3SquaresVT — meaning their income and resources don’t count. The IRS estimates one in five eligible taxpayers could miss out on this valuable tax credit because they don’t check it out.