June 13th, 2011
LEICESTER — Since the founding of the Camp Point CounterPoint music school in 1963, Lake Dunmore residents have grown accustomed to the soothing tones of classical music drifting across the water on a warm summer’s day.
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., took on a powerful Midwest lobbying group when he advocated for the end of ethanol subsidies this past week on the shores of Lake Bomoseen. He chose Lake Bomoseen as a backdrop because of the damage ethanol gasoline does to boat engines as well as most other two-cycle engines like snowmobiles, lawnmowers, chainsaws and grass trimmers. In a word, the detrimental effect of ethanol gasoline to two-cycle engines and boat engines in the past few years has been a giant headache for most of us — and very costly for some businesses. (See story Page 1.)
MIDDLEBURY — Born in one of the world's poorest countries, Peter Garang Deng, 25, was an orphan by the time he was 5 years old. To make matters worse, his native land, Sudan, was consumed by civil war and the family who took him in beat and starved him, he said.
But the Burlington resident managed to flee his country, get an education and come to Vermont to start a new life.
PANTON — Panton selectmen have called a special town meeting on June 28 to deal with two financial issues. Both are related to the fact that the town is over budget. That’s because of high spending to maintain roads during the exceptionally snowy winter and the unknown of whether the town will get federal money to deal with this spring’s flooding.
Town treasurer M’Lissa Dayton the town could experience a shortfall. Selectmen at the June 28 meeting will discuss the issue and options for dealing with this.
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Main Street will shut down to traffic on June 18 and open up to the third annual Pocock Rocks music festival and street fair.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday downtown Bristol will transform into a haven for rocking tunes, craft brews, local wines, chocolate pairings, cheese tastings, specialty foods and crafts of all kinds.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard spoke with the Bristol Rescue Squad about improving the emergency response system at their Monday, June 6, meeting and entertained summer issues ranging from the hours of the farmers’ market to liquor licenses for this weekend’s music and street festival, Pocock Rocks.
NEW HAVEN — The town of New Haven will receive an $8,500 federal grant to help pay for replacement of a platform lift at the town hall.
The old lift inside the New Haven Town Hall has been broken for awhile, which is a problem when people who have mobility problems want to attend town meetings, said former Selectman Lowell Nottingham, who has been leading the project.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-based cidermaker Green Mountain Beverage (GMB) is suing a former employee whom it alleges stole company secrets for use in the making of his own brand of hard cider.