July 18th, 2014
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.
MIDDLEBURY — Sivan Cotel and Sas Stewart were honeymooning in Portland, Ore., last year, sampling the occasional cocktail at various restaurants and bars, when they had an epiphany that would change the course of their professional lives.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday debated how to handle a discrepancy in town zoning maps that could delay the siting of a new firehouse.
A committee charged with researching a prime location for a new firehouse last month recommended to the selectboard that it be built on West Street. The site contains portions of the Bristol Recreation Club and a plot owned by Ed and Suzanne Shepard.
This month’s column is a live dispatch from the vast archipelago that lies east of Stockholm. In particular, I am writing from the northernmost island, Arlhoma, where travel is by boat, foot or bicycle. What brought me to Stockholm was an opportunity to visit my old friend, Annica, who lived with my family as an exchange student and whom I haven’t seen in 32 years.
BRISTOL — Organizers for the Three Day Stampede say they’ve collected a record number of donations for this year’s event, and they’re looking for more.
“As of today we have collected over five tractor-trailer loads full of everything from furniture to home décor to sporting goods for your shopping pleasure,” founder and organizer Bonita Bedard said in a statement. “Saturday’s drop-offs alone filled a 48-foot trailer, leaving us scrambling to store the remainder of the items.”
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday set the town’s tax rates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and both residential and non-residential rates, as expected, saw significant increases.
The new overall residential rate is $1.7893, up by about 24 cents from the previous fiscal year rate of $1.5474. Treasurer Garrit Smits reminded the board, and about 10 residents at the town office building, that high per-pupil spending rates are pushing school tax rates higher.
FERRISBURGH — Denecker Chevrolet owner Tom Denecker told the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday the Act 250 process for his proposed new site on town-owned land at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A has been lengthy, but he has made progress elsewhere toward his proposed $350,000 purchase from the town.
“We have been steadily moving the ball,” Denecker said. “Now there’s a bit of a mire going on.”
We’ve all enjoyed a very nice stretch of weather, particularly special after our long, cold winter. On the farm, the days are spent cutting, drying and baling hay, chopping and piling grass haylage and
monitoring cornfields. While farmers are busy in the fields, farm animals are basking in the summer sun with the rest of us.