May 9th, 2013
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard will be accepting applications from those wishing to serve on a planning committee as the search for an improved facility for Bristol’s fire department proceeds. Committee members will do the legwork on site selection and may continue serving into the design stage. Applications for the committee will be posted on the town’s website later this week, and will also be available at the town office.
BRISTOL — The Bristol town green is a favorite place for community activity, particularly during the summer months when it hosts the weekly farmers’ market, as well as various events and festivals.
Some Bristol residents are looking to improve what is already a popular gathering spot. A team of six community members, led by the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership (BDCP) and supported by the recreation department, are looking to renovate the playground on the west side of the green.
BRANDON/SUDBURY — The Vermont Health Department will host its second of three Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) research study clinics on Tuesday, May 14, noon to 7 p.m. at the Sudbury Town Hall.
At the first clinic, held at the Brandon Senior Center on April 23, more than 220 volunteers donated blood samples that will be tested for antibodies to EEE.
MONTPELIER — On Tuesday, the Vermont House passed legislation that would allow farmworkers in the state to apply for driving permits, regardless of their legal status.
The bill, which passed with a decisive 105-39 vote, was largely intended to aid Vermont’s population of 1,500 migrant workers that staff dairy farms across the state. It creates a way for individuals who cannot produce a social security number (or other specific forms of identification like a U.S. passport or green card) to apply for a Vermont driver’s license.
BRANDON — The saying “You’ve can’t please all of the people all of the time” never had more meaning then it does in Brandon right now.
MONTPELIER — State officials last week announced that Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School and Champlain Valley Union High School have been inducted into the League of Innovative Schools.
BRANDON — It was the film that introduced moviegoers to visions of flying children, magical fairies, human-like animals and menacing pirates. It was the original silent film adaptation of “Peter Pan,” a picture personally supervised by author J.M. Barrie. The film became a major hit when released in 1924, with audiences eager to get their first big-screen look at the wonders of Neverland.
VERGENNES — Faced with challenging times financially, the nonprofit organization that operates the Vergennes Opera House has taken steps to cut costs and evaluate how it operates and markets the historic City Hall theater.
Friends of the Vergennes Opera House board president Allison Rimmer said the group remains optimistic about the theater’s long-term prospects, but also had to be realistic about its fiscal health.