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07/16/2019
VERMONT — In 2013, Vermont became one of the few states in the nation to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Six years later, it is one of two states to have allowed federal immigration authorities to search its photographic database of drivers. Vermont and Utah have used facial recognition technology to run searches for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, known as ICE, according to documents compiled by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. Vermont stopped the practice in 2017. The searches were first reported by The New York Times and the Washington Post....
07/16/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Have an idea for a program designed to promote good health among residents in your community? You have until Aug. 1 to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 to help get your program off the ground. The money is being offered up by RiseVT-Addison County, an independent nonprofit that launched last fall. Now reaching eight counties, RiseVT’s stated mission is “to make the healthy choice the easy choice” for Vermonters, by successfully engaging “individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and municipalities in changing practices, policies and infrastructure to...

CYANOBACTERIA, SUCH AS this green pea soup-like bloom in Lake Champlain, is often mistakenly called blue-green algae. But, unlike algae, cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can be harmful if swallowed.
07/16/2019
VERMONT — Warm weather is a welcome sign of summer, but it also creates ideal conditions for cyanobacteria to grow in Vermont waters. Cyanobacteria (sometimes referred to as blue-green algae) are tiny microorganisms. In large numbers they sometimes form blooms on the water’s surface and wash up along shorelines — and can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Because State and volunteer citizen monitors have already started to see cyanobacteria blooms forming in Malletts Bay and Missisquoi Bay in Lake Champlain, officials want people to know how to identify a bloom, and to avoid...
07/16/2019
MIDDLEBURY — For those who would like to have one or more government agencies as clients for their business, the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) will hold a workshop on how to make such an arrangement come about on Wednesday, July 17, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Addison County Economic Development Corporation, 1590 US Route 7 South, Suite 8, in Middlebury.  VT PTAC is a government-funded program that helps Vermont small businesses sell their goods and services to the federal, state or local government. The workshop will describe the services PTAC offers and help small...
07/16/2019
BRANDON — For the 31st year running, Brandon will have its annual Great Brandon Auction on Tuesday, July 16, at 4 p.m., at Estabrook Park. Billed as the auction to be at, the event supports local businesses and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce community projects. Auctioneer Barb Watters will preside over the event, which offers antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, services, original art, and more. There will be surprises and treasures from attics and barns and lots of gift certificates to dozens of state and local businesses, including restaurants, museums, fuel oil and massages. New...
07/16/2019
MONKTON — The Monkton Museum and Historical Society will be visiting the Lincoln and Bristol Historical Society Museums on Saturday, July 13. Anyone interested in joining the group for this tour is welcome. If you would like to carpool, be at the Monkton Town Hall by 9:15 a.m. on the 13th — the group will leave by 9:30 a.m. sharp. If you wish to drive yourself, the plan is to be at the Lincoln Historical Society Museum, located on 88 Quaker Street, by 10 a.m. After visiting the Lincoln museum, the group will have lunch in Bristol, then go to the Bristol Historical Society Museum, located at...
07/16/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School has announced its honor roll for the final quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year. Those named to the roll include:  GRADE 12  High honors: Kaelen Dobson, Bess Gramling, Marin Howell, Cheyenne Jewett, Morgan Lynk, Wade Mullin, Ezekiel Palmer, Hannah Philbrook, Dylan Rapoport, Abigail Smith and Cedar Winslow.  Honors: Jasmine Arel, Nathan Bourgeois, Emma Bryant, Colby Bushey, Benjamin Clark, Holden Clark, Kylie Comeau, Ashley Cray, Bethany Delgadillo, Trayshawn Floyd, Jameson Haggett, Jack Halpin, Olivia Hutchins, Josie Jackman, Emily Jackson, Olivia...
07/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has released its honor roll for the final quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. Students on the roll include: Grade 9 High Honors: Megan Balparda, Julia Bartlett, Caroline Browdy, Carlisle Brush, Zachariah Burrows, Ivy Doran, Catherine Dyer, Owen Hamilton, Viviana Hammond, Anya Hardy-Mittell, Sophie Larocque, Jason Li, Joseph Morsman, Zoe Noble, Astrid Olsen, Fairley Olson, Holly Staats, Abigail Sunderland, Alex Tolgyesi, Hannah Turner, Grace Vining and Katherine Whipple. Honors: Camilla Adelman, Alyza Alger, Thomas Ash, Noah Berg, Natasha Berno,...
07/11/2019
With June just ended, the second quarter of 2019 will likely test the record books for rain. While n o t as severe as April, which saw essentially double the average rainfall, May and June continued to be well above average. Even though Otter Creek is within its banks, the wetlands are still holding an excessive amount of water. Continued large rainfall will perpetuate large mosquito nesting areas. However, the worst of the flooded fields is hopefully, but no guarantees, in the past.  Larvae counts are now generally moderate in most areas, although there were some high counts — 50 to 200...
07/11/2019
BRANDON — Davenport Solar LLC has reached an agreement with the landowners adjacent to their proposed new solar site near Syndicate Road and West Creek Road in Brandon and also with the state. The agreement clears the way for a certificate of public good that could soon be issued by the Public Utility Commission (PUC), the agency that regulates utilities in Vermont. The proposed solar array would generate 15 megawatts of electricity. For the sake of comparison, in Addison County there is a 4.99MW array in Panton (off Panton Road near Jersey Street), a 2.2MW array off Route 7 north of New...

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