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VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and the city police department are exploring charging out-of-town residents and groups for police services. The council on Tuesday looked at a tentative fee schedule prepared by Police Chief George Merkel. The council took no action on Tuesday on proposed fees that ranged from $15 for verifying the VIN number of a newly purchased vehicle to $45 for producing video or audio recordings from police equipment. Also on the list of services were fingerprinting employment applicants and providing officer/cruiser services to events, with a different hourly scale...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday, July 23, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution honoring recently resigned Vergennes Development Review Board member and former board chairman Jason Farrell, also a longtime member of the Vergennes Planning Commission. Farrell had served on the DRB since 2006, and current DRB chairman Brent Rakowski wrote the resolution with help from planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett. The resolution credited Farrell’s work ethic, professionalism, integrity, many contributions to discussions and rulings, and his pivotal roles in helping to...
VERGENNES — New Northlands Job Corps Center Director Michael Dooley introduced himself to the Vergennes City Council at the board’s Tuesday meeting. He became the latest Northlands head to pledge closer ties to its host city. Dooley said since Education and Training Resources, a Kentucky firm, installed him as director last month he has “definitely been making sure the corporation is fully integrated into the community.” His promise of closer cooperation with city police has been fulfilled to this point, according to Police Chief George Merkel, who has reported better working relations with...
LINCOLN — The annual meeting of the Lincoln Historical Society will be held at the town office on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. The Museum will be open at noon. Plan to visit before attending the meeting. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a New York City child, there is still time this summer to host through the Fresh Air Fund. Many children, ages 9-13 are registered and waiting to hear that a host family would like to open their home from Aug. 12-22 to provide an experience that they may never get otherwise. A bus will stop in Vergennes and South Burlington to bring the...
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, which was released this spring, was the 29th such survey, going all the way back to 1840 (it wasn’t always conducted every five years). Production and sales figures are taken from the year in which the census was conducted. Market value of inventories, including land and buildings, are taken on Dec. 31 of that year. Much has changed over the decades, and some changes, when they’re made, make it impossible to compare certain statistics from one census year to another. Typically, however, those sorts of changes do not affect the way county...

KIMBERLEY CRAM AND her daughter brave the heat to pick up their second Farmacy share. Photo/Haley Goodman
MIDDLEBURY, — Addison County’s very first food-based prescription program, Farmacy, launched on July 10. The Farmacy Program, a collaboration of ACORN, the Vermont Department of Health, Bristol’s Mountain Health Center, Middlebury’s UVM Porter Medical Center and three local farmers, enables doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables as medicine to patients with chronic or nutrition related illnesses. Deanna Fielder, a mother who picked up her first share of food in Middlebury, said, “I’m most excited about experimenting with different vegetables I’ve never cooked with before and finding...
BRISTOL — This year marks the 29th annual Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and/or digestive system of more than 30,000 people in the United States alone. The Three Day Stampede was founded in 1989 when David and Bonita Bedard’s granddaughter Kayla was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Since then the Stampede has raised more than $2 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, making it the largest grassroots fundraiser in the country, according to organizers. How does a small town like Bristol with just under 4,000...

BRISTOL POLICE SGT. Randy Crowe is surrounded by family at a recent Bristol selectboard meeting, where he was thanked for his quarter century of work serving the Bristol community.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard has recognized Sgt. George “Randy” Crowe for his 25 years of dedicated service to the Bristol Police Department, the local citizens and the community of Bristol. Selectboard chair Joel Bouvier and Police Advisory Board Chair Jim Quaglino, at the July 8 Bristol selectboard meeting, presented Crowe with a plaque acknowledging him for his service. Randy Crowe started his law enforcement career in April 1991, while attending Champlain College, working as an auxiliary trooper for the Vermont State Police. He continued his education and in 1991 received his...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Community Foundation and the High Meadows Fund are each welcoming a two-year fellow to their respective philanthropic teams.  Brockton Corbett, who graduated this spring from Northern Vermont University-Johnson with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Science: Analysis and Assessment, will join the Grants and Community Investments team at the Community Foundation as the inaugural David Rahr Community Philanthropy Fellow. The fellowship is designed for a recent college graduate to gain exposure to the many ways philanthropy can be used to strengthen...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Community Loan Fund is now accepting applications for Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures 2019 grants. The fund was created in 2002 by the Vermont legislature to increase the quantity and quality of childcare and early education programs in Vermont. Since 2006, the fund has awarded about $1.39 million in grants to 134 Vermont childcare programs, benefiting 4,085 Vermont children and their families. The Bright Spaces grants can be used for assistance in starting, relocating, expanding or improving a Vermont childcare program’s facility and/or accessibility....

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