August 11th, 2016
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. The plan, titled “Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan,” outlines actions the state must take to reduce phosphorus pollution sources that currently compromise state waters.
The Phase 1 Implementation Plan and additional information on Lake Champlain’s restoration effort is posted online at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/restoring.
MIDDLEBURY — One day last month, in his storefront on Seymour Street, musician Bill Schafer, the man who once founded Otter Music and then Burlington’s Advanced Music, pulled a shiny acoustic guitar — a 2014 Guild — from the spot where it hung on the wall.
“It’s a beautiful guitar,” Schafer said, plucking a few strings that reverberated a clear, rich sound. “Guild is an American icon. They’ve been around for a long time.”
CROWN POINT, N.Y. — A free short course on Lake Champlain’s aquatic ecology will be offered Aug. 29 and 30 at the Crown Point Historic Site in Crown Point, N.Y.
The class will run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, and from 5:30-9 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the site’s museum theater. Participants may attend either or both sessions. A light supper will be served.
BRISTOL — Democratic voters in the Bristol area on Tuesday selected incumbent Rep. Dave Sharpe of Bristol and Mari Cordes of Lincoln as their party’s nominees for the two Addison-4 House seats representing Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro.
They will now move on to the General Election to face two Republicans: incumbent Rep. Fred Baser of Bristol and Valerie Mullin of Monkton.
BRANDON — As the state went, so did some but not all local districts, with Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor and Leicester going for Sue Minter in Tuesday voting over Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith in the Democratic Primary for governor.
In Goshen, Minter eked out a win by one vote over Dunne, 15-14.
West Rutland was against the trend, with Dunne winning 46-42. Whiting also went for Dunne and very decisively, 20-4. In Sudbury, Minter and Dunne finished in a tie, 24-24.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ron Holmes secured the Democrat nomination for Addison County high bailiff on Tuesday, topping Peter Newton by a 1,904 to 1,505 tally.
In another local election of interest, New Haven Democrat Taborri Bruhl received more than enough write-in tallies to appear on the General Election ballot for the position of Addison-5 House representative.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters followed statewide trends in their selection of Tuesday’s primary winners, endorsing Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott to represent their respective parties in a final showdown for governor on General Election Day, Nov. 8.
MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, and Addison County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Robin Scheu prevailed on Tuesday in a race between three Democrats vying for the two seats representing Middlebury in the Vermont House.
While there are no Republicans in the running for the Addison-1 seats, Sheldon and Scheu can’t yet begin to size up their desks in the House Chambers of the Statehouse.