July 24th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont high school seniors with at least one college-educated parent are more likely to attend college than classmates who would be first-generation college students, a new report by the Vermont Student Assistant Corp. found.
A biannual survey by VSAC of a majority of the state’s high school seniors — including those in Addison County — revealed an “aspiration gap” between those who would be first- and second-generation college students.
ADDISON COUNTY — Opponents of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project have asked the Vermont Public Service Board to reexamine its approval of Phase I of the pipeline, while the Department of Public Service asked the Board not to delay construction of the project.
Three residents who live in towns affected by the pipeline, which would run from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes, on July 21 petitioned the Board to investigate the reasons behind a 40 percent project cost increase announced by Vermont Gas Systems earlier this month, and take appropriate action.
VERGENNES — Vergennes property tax bills have gone out for 2014-2015 with increases from the past fiscal year.
The city’s new residential property tax rate stands at $2.1435, up 24.35 cents from the past year, or about 13 percent.
That translates to an increase of about $243 per $100,000 of assessed value.
MIDDLEBURY — On Monday evening, community members gathered in Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall to hear James Gustave “Gus” Speth speak about his career as an environmental lawyer and activist, and advocate for a “new economy” if we are to effectively address the environmental destruction of Earth.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories on summer theater in Ripton.
RIPTON — The Bread Loaf costume shop is housed in a tiny, white clapboard attachment at the far end of the Little Theater on Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus. It opens onto a screened-in porch where actors can rest between scenes.
MONKTON — Water quality tests done by the Lewis Creek Association late last week have determined that two swimming sites in northern Addison County are currently unsafe for swimming.
The sites, along Lewis Creek at Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and Tyler Bridge Road in Monkton, tested for unsafe levels of E. coli.
The E. coli levels at Tyler Bridge were 686.7 MPN per 100ml, the unit of measurement used to detect E. coli colonies. The Route 7 site tested at 272.3 MPN per 100ml. The state standard is 77 MPN per 100ml.
MIDDLEBURY — Building upon a collaboration which has already resulted in the creation of three “home-like” end-of-life rooms for area residents, Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) and Addison Respite Care Home (ARCH) have agreed to move forward with another community service project — the construction of a new “Family Center” addition at Helen Porter.
BRANDON — Prior to a fourth vote on its municipal budget, which took place Tuesday, Brandon had the dubious distinction of being the only town in Vermont without an approved 2014-2015 spending plan. After the votes were counted Tuesday evening that distinction was still intact.
Brandon voters rejected the most recent town budget proposal by a vote of 600-425.