June 26th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday made final their decision to adopt a $2,087,959 city budget that means a 9-cent increase in the municipal tax rate, of which 7 cents will pay for the new Vergennes police station.
The new rate aldermen adopted on Tuesday to solely fund city services, not schools, is 72.5 cents, up from the current 63.5-cent rate.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems announced Tuesday that it has secured all the permits it needs for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, but the company has little more than half of the land easements it needs to complete the project.
The South Burlington company had been waiting on permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had already secured all necessary state permits.
MIDDLEBURY — Manu Feiber has been making regular visits to Middlebury from his home in Germany every summer since he was an exchange student here in 2003 and 2004. When he made the trans-Atlantic visit this month it was a little different than usual.
This time, Feiber brought with him 50 members of the prestigious Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir.
ORWELL — Many political candidates find themselves competing in multiple elections before finally winning a seat in the Vermont House. Some never quite muster enough votes to get in.
Then there’s Alyson Eastman, a first-time candidate who finds herself with no competitors in her bid for the Addison-Rutland seat representing Benson, Orwell, Shoreham and Whiting. Barring a successful write-in challenge, Eastman, an Orwell independent, will take the place of Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, when the Legislature reconvenes next January.
MIDDLEBURY — This past weekend, approximately 175 owners of vintage MG sports cars gathered in Middlebury for a New England MG T Register sponsored event featuring a rally, educational tours and entertainment.
The New England MG T Register, or NEMGTR, was celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. The organization was co-founded by 84-year-old Dick Knudson, a native of Mechanic Falls, Maine, and the late Frank Churchill, formerly of Middlebury, who died in a car accident in 1999. The event began on Wednesday, June 18, and ran through Sunday, June 22.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on July 22 will get to weigh on a series of proposed town plan and zoning bylaw revisions, some of them aimed at facilitating the siting of the new municipal building at 77 Main St.
BRANDON — The majority of Brandon voters voted “no” again on Tuesday, defeating the proposed municipal budget for the third time this year despite an impassioned plea from the selectboard chair. The tally was 376-671.
Three articles establishing $60,000 in three separate funds for specific purposes were also defeated.
On Wednesday morning, the board held an emergency meeting warned 24 hours before to figure out next steps, which will include cutting services and personnel as the end of the fiscal year looms on June 30.
MIDDLEBURY-June starts the summer theater season, so turn off the TV and come to Town Hall Theater for Middlebury Actors Workshop’s latest sampler of one-act plays, “Summer Shorts.” This six-pack of comedies opens Thursday, June 26, for five performances, including a Saturday matinee.