January 5th, 2017
BRISTOL — GroSolar, project developer and contractor erecting the 4.99 megawatt Green Mountain Power solar array in Panton, is proposing another large solar energy project in Addison County — this time in Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — Local police, fire and rescue agencies that receive free emergency dispatching through the Vermont State Police might soon have to pony up some funds to continue receiving that service — an added expense that could strain some already tight budgets.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin this past Saturday announced that he had pardoned the son of a former female candidate for vice president — a man who was busted for selling drugs while a Middlebury College student three decades ago.
MIDDLEBURY — When the fluffy, soft white stuff starts flying, what’s the first thing you think? Some of us heave a sigh and think of all the shoveling; others bunker down for a long winter of knitting and books. But for a certain group of “bums,” snow in the air is pure joy.
MIDDLEBURY — “Pickleball.”
The name is comical, but the sport’s growing number of players are super-serious about an activity that is taking Middlebury’s new recreation facility by storm.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) administrators on Dec. 28 presented a $21.59 million draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year, the first year that all four district schools will operate under one board and one spending plan.
If approved as is, Superintendent JoAn Canning said that plan would boost spending over the current level — the combined total of this year’s combined Vergennes Union high and elementary schools and Addison and Ferrisburgh Central schools, including central office expenses — by 3.97 percent.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents interested in running for the two new seats added to the selectboard are encouraged to pursue their candidacies now.
Candidates must get a petition from the town office, obtain 14 signatures (1 percent of the 1,356 votes on the town’s checklist), fill out a consent form and return the signed petition and form to Town Clerk Cheryl Estey by Jan. 30.
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s minimum wage increased from $9.60 to $10 per hour on Jan. 1 in accordance with legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in June 2014. The tipped-employee minimum wage also increased on Jan. 1, to $5 per hour.
Vermont’s minimum wage will increase in January 2018 to $10.50 per hour, and statutory provisions to track the CPI-U inflation rate are set to resume in 2019.