PANTON — The Panton selectboard on Jan. 14 adopted a proposed 2020-2021 budget that if approved by residents on Town Meeting Day would increase town spending by about 5.7 percent to $660,789.
The higher spending could translate to an additional 3.31 cents on the municipal portion of the town’s tax rate to a new figure of 61.07 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The change translates to about $33 per $100,000 of assessed value. According to the budget printout, however, the rate could move in April when Panton’s grand list of property value is made final.
The spending increase of $35,...
NEW HAVEN — Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) has proposed building a backup operations facility in New Haven.
The 18,000-square-foot, two-story building, which VELCO hopes to begin constructing this summer, would be located on property it already owns — 760 Main St., just east of its current substation — and would be set back roughly 500 feet from the road, according to the 45-Day Notice of Project Filing the company sent to the Vermont Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Sept. 24, 2019.
VELCO presented the project to the town of New Haven on Oct. 7 and has met with the selectboard and...
LINCOLN — A Florida man has been charged with one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child and one count of luring a child, stemming from a Dec. 27 incident in Lincoln, according to a press release issued by Vermont State Police.
Walter Hutton, 35, of Palm Harbor, Fla., was arrested by the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 13 and will be extradited to Vermont to face the charges, the press release said.
The VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations received a complaint about the incident on Dec. 28.
“As a result of subsequent investigative actions, including multiple...
AMY RICE IS a registered dietician based in Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — Earlier this month, with “input from a panel of health experts,” U.S. News & World Report released a ranking of “the best and worst diets.”
The national media immediately picked up the story, and advocates for popular diets that ranked poorly took to the internet to criticize the “science” behind the rankings.
For people struggling to lose weight, regain their health or repair their relationships with food or their own bodies, such rankings may seem to hold out renewed promise for an easy, straightforward solution to their problems.
But that promise may just be a false...
BURLINGTON — Across Vermont and around the world people turned the calendar to 2020 and set new and renewed goals for better health and wellness. The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) wants you to know there are an amazing number of supports and resources available at your fingertips to help you to succeed.
From finding healthy weight programs in your community, to getting a flu shot, to help quitting smoking, here are a few of the DOH’s top resources. Find them all at HealthVermont.gov.
Each .gov or .org item below is a website; check out the ones that appeal to you.
IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
RiseVT-Addison County is spreading the message that eating together is as a family is good for children and teens. Studies support the lifelong benefits of family meals. Eating as a family leads to healthier eating, and improves children’s learning and well-being, the organization says.
The studies show that family meals:
• Help children do better in school. Parents are likely to know more about how children are doing in school.
• Support social-emotional development. Teens are more likely to have better self-esteem and less likely to experience depression or develop an eating disorder.
VERMONT — The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has announced available funding for the 2020-2021 school year for efforts that improve equitable access to the postsecondary and career education that leads to Vermont’s most promising jobs. A supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, the McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont where no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.
The McClure Foundation’s primary interest is in funding growth-stage efforts and programs seeking funding to pilot a model or big idea, demonstrate effectiveness, expand...
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health on Thursday, Jan. 16, reported a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A, joining 30 other states including New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said the outbreak here is in the early stages, but that case number trends have prompted the department to make the formal declaration.
“We’ve been anticipating an outbreak of hepatitis A cases here from monitoring how this has evolved in other states,” said Dr. Levine. “We are working closely with health care providers to ensure that Vermonters are vaccinated, and with our...
TODD STONE, OWNER of G. Stone Motors, is finalizing a deal to acquire Foster Motors, thereby ensuring both Middlebury dealerships will continue to be owned by a local family. Pictured here, left to right, are G. Stone Motors General Manager Travis Romano, Todd Stone, and Foster Motor co-owners Scott and Dave Foster.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
MIDDLEBURY — Todd Stone of G. Stone Motors will soon close on a deal to buy Foster Motors, thus ensuring two of Middlebury’s largest vehicle dealerships will remain under local family ownership.
While the transaction is huge, the changes — from a consumer’s standpoint — will be relatively small, according to the Stone and Foster families.
G. Stone Motors, at 36 Boardman St., will continue to be a Ford dealership, under the same name.
Foster, at 2149 Route 7 South, will be renamed “Stone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram,” featuring the same four automotive brands that the Fosters have offered for...
VERGENNES — Opponents of school closure in the Addison Northwest School District suffered two defeats at Monday night’s board meeting.
First, the board rejected, on legal grounds, a pair of petitions seeking a vote to amend the ANWSD’s articles of unification, which would have prevented school closure or reconfiguration without permission of the voters residing in the school’s town.
Then the board adopted a fiscal year 2021 budget proposal that would close Addison Central School for use as an elementary school and repurpose it for alternative education.
The petitions were...