May 21st, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — The Spring Open Studio Tour over Memorial Day Weekend offers a great way for locals and visitors alike to see the Green Mountain State as well as the work of Vermont artist right where it is made. Bright yellow signs are placed along Vermont’s roads to mark the way to studios of craftspeople and fine artists during the self-guided tour on May 23 and 25 at a time when the landscape is fresh and inviting and without the crowds of summer and fall.
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers expected to take on a lot of important issues when they arrived in Montpelier for the legislative session in January. Education finance reform, economic development, energy, water quality, child protection and health care reform were all on the docket.
Over it all hung a fiscal year 2016 budget that showed signs of a big deficit before the end of the month.
As the Legislature adjourned on Saturday, state senators, representatives and the governor all could count some accomplishment in the session.
LEICESTER — In what local mosquito control officials are calling a “perfect storm” for breeding, the 2015 mosquito season may be one of the worst in recent memory, especially for residents living on private roads.
Last week’s first hatching of the season created mosquito swarms of epic proportions even for this area, which is used to dealing with high numbers of mosquitoes each spring and summer.
MIDDLEBURY — One can certainly say that Dr. Mike Kiernan faces many challenges as a physician with Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department. Each day can bring different maladies and injuries for him to diagnose and treat, including patients with stomach viruses, compound fractures and heart attacks.
BRISTOL — A new firehouse for the Bristol Fire Department will cost an estimated $2,840,067, according to plans presented Tuesday evening to the Fire Facility Committee.
Brandon general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders prepared the estimate on behalf of Kevin Harper, who owns the property on which town officials hope the firehouse can be built — a 2.7-acre plot across West Street from the Bristol Recreation Club.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board has decided to meet this Saturday morning to make final a new budget proposal to present to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on June 9.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the VUHS library.
The board on May 11 originally planned on gathering on May 28 to adopt a spending plan for the 2015-2016 school year, but Superintendent JoAn Canning said on Monday that board members in deciding to move the meeting date wanted more time to present a new budget to residents.
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Strike up the band, get out your flags and raise a salute for the men and women who served the United States in the military and gave their lives doing so.
This weekend will see Memorial Day parades in six area town.
These festivities serve multiple purposes — they mark the traditional beginning of the summer, set a patriotic mood in the community, and set aside a time where we can remember those who fought and died for his nation.
BRANDON — Every year on the last Monday in May, a group of first-grade girls in white dresses clutch bunches of fresh lilacs in their small hands. They walk single file up Center Street from the Brandon Post Office, smiling and waving to their families and friends. They follow the American Legion Color Guard and the Otter Valley and Neshobe School marching bands, and are joined by the Pittsford and Brandon fire department engines. The small parade with a purpose makes its way to the gazebo in Central Park.