November 18th, 2013
VERMONT — Officials from two government agencies and from the state’s largest utility are warning Vermonters to be wary of three different scams being perpetrated over the telephone.
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) last week alerted Vermonters to scams regarding Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange. Commissioner Susan L. Donegan said that the department has received reports of fraudulent phone calls made to Vermonters by people pretending to sell health insurance in order to obtain personal information.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board, known as the VAFPDB, recently announced the election of Lynn Coale of Weybridge to serve as chair of the board.
MIDDLEBURY — A group planning Middlebury’s proposed new town offices and recreation center is planning a series of public meetings, open houses, flyers and a documentary film to educate residents about the $7.5 million project in anticipation of a March 4, 2014, referendum.
MIDDLEBURY — This fall in Middlebury a large group of homeschoolers got together and formed a soccer team to practice and improve our skill. Our team consisted of around 50 kids (ages 1-16) from in and around Addison County. Elizabeth Curran of Whiting organized the group and was amazed at the awesome turnout from our homeschool community.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents have a few more days if they want to petition for a special meeting to consider the proposed $350,000 sale of 34.91 town-owned acres to Denecker Real Estate Investments LLC. That deal is projected to close on or before April 24, 2014.
BRISTOL — Of the people who begin hiking the Appalachian Trail with the intention of covering the entire thing, only one in four complete it. Most are young, recent college graduates, students taking a gap year, all with young joints and plenty of energy.
Not many 56-year-old women attempt the nearly 2,200-mile, 14-state trek, let alone complete it.
CORNWALL — A group of Cornwall residents who own land that would be crossed by a proposed natural gas pipeline are looking for consensus on how to react to the Vermont Gas Systems proposal.
On Oct. 30, seven Cornwall landowners who are being asked to host the Addison Natural Gas Project transmission line that would serve International Paper Co. in Ticonderoga, N.Y., met at the home of Randy and Mary Martin to discuss their opposition to the project. They sat around the dining room table and discussed their concerns
MIDDLEBURY — For the past 12 years, artist Carolyn Letvin has been engaged in a dialogue with sheep, with them becoming her primary source of imagery. She reasons that sheep are often one of the first images presented in life, between nursery rhymes, children’s stories and nursery room motifs, creating formative visual experiences. Perhaps, she muses, we count sheep our whole lives?