October 28th, 2012
WATERBURY — Vermont Emergency Management on Sunday afternoon reported that state agencies continue to prepare for the impacts from Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a State of Emergency for Vermont in advance of the storm. The designation will allow the state to use National Guard and other federal resources if needed.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture issued a warning to farmers on Thursday, urging them to prepare for flooding and power outages early next week. Hurricane Sandy, which at the time of this writing was moving through the Caribbean, will continue north past the eastern coast of Florida in the next couple of days, and is expected to hit land on the Eastern Seaboard early next week.
MIDDLEBURY — For a company that had been “on its deathbed” in 2003, Woodchuck Hard Cider has made a remarkable turnaround. The Middlebury company now has 125 employees, $70 million in annual sales, more than 60 percent of the hard cider market in the United States, and sales growth of 29 percent and 25 percent annually in the past two years.
And, as of Monday, it is part of a global hard cider company based in Ireland.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont will proceed with sufficient rail improvements to re-establish passenger train traffic along its western corridor from Rutland through Middlebury to Burlington by 2017, and the state will proceed on that track regardless of the prospects for federal funding.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Tuesday to adopt a 6,076-square-foot, 24-room building as a working model for a new police station, and they set a Nov. 27 public informational meeting to explain to residents why city officials believe the building is necessary and hear feedback from taxpayers.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said the draft plan has won approval from law enforcement officials around Vermont and is designed to meet the needs for a 10-man city department now and for the foreseeable future.
VERGENNES — It can be challenging for parents in rural Addison County communities to scare up some Halloween fun for their kids every year. Trick or treating often means piling the little ghouls and goblins into the car for a series of short jaunts to homes spread throughout the community, or taking them to high density neighborhoods in other towns to fill up their bags in short order.
FERRISBURGH — Kathy Smith of Bolton and Michelle Livingstone of North Ferrisburgh have had a ball scaring the daylights out of people for the past five Halloweens. Each year, they have collaborated on a creative haunted house that has also scared up some cash for worthy causes, such as for Tropical Storm Irene recovery and for National Guard families.
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