July 19th, 2010
BURLINGTON — When someone in the United States presses the “Send Payment” button to donate to a large charitable organization working overseas, it is difficult to track exactly how much is going to the organization’s upkeep and how much is going to on-the-ground work.
Bridging the Divide, a new, Burlington-based organization, is seeking to change all that.
LEICESTER — Last Wednesday evening, year-round and summer residents bent over questionnaires at the Leicester Meeting House, answering questions on everything from their favorite areas of town to their thoughts on a number of sample zoning ordinances.
The community forum, which drew close to 20 participants, was part of a push by town officials to update the last Leicester Town Plan from 2003, which was supposed to have been updated in 2008.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials plan to create a committee to decide what to do with any surplus local option taxes the town collects beyond what is needed to pay off the Cross Street Bridge, but they stressed they will not establish such a panel until the $16 million project is completed.
MIDDLEBURY — This year during the Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) sponsored program “Way to Go,” National Bank of Middlebury employees planned a road trip from Middlebury through the Smoky Mountains to Nashville, Tennessee, visiting the Grand ole Opry concert, Dollywood, and Elvis Presley’s “Graceland” mansion in Memphis.
ADDISON COUNTY — Many of the women on Vermont Dragonheart, a dragon boat racing team for breast cancer survivors, hadn’t heard of dragon boat racing before their cancer diagnoses, but now they’re devotees of the sport.
They’ve done video training in Montreal to work on their form and they recently returned from an international competition in Ontario where they placed 15th out of 84 teams. Six Addison County women are stalwarts on the team.
A little more than 10 years ago, the state of Vermont engineered an agreement with the federal Superfund program to remedy an unsightly but very minor pollution problem.
MIDDLEBURY — In the weeks before Andy Weinberg does a 22-mile swim next month in the chilly waters of Lake Tahoe, he’ll bike a 150-mile route through the Vermont mountains, taking him over six gaps, and compete in a 10-mile open-water swimming race in the Northeast Kingdom.