July 24th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes property tax bills have gone out for 2014-2015 with increases from the past fiscal year.
The city’s new residential property tax rate stands at $2.1435, up 24.35 cents from the past year, or about 13 percent.
That translates to an increase of about $243 per $100,000 of assessed value.
MIDDLEBURY — On Monday evening, community members gathered in Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall to hear James Gustave “Gus” Speth speak about his career as an environmental lawyer and activist, and advocate for a “new economy” if we are to effectively address the environmental destruction of Earth.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories on summer theater in Ripton.
RIPTON — The Bread Loaf costume shop is housed in a tiny, white clapboard attachment at the far end of the Little Theater on Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus. It opens onto a screened-in porch where actors can rest between scenes.
MONKTON — Water quality tests done by the Lewis Creek Association late last week have determined that two swimming sites in northern Addison County are currently unsafe for swimming.
The sites, along Lewis Creek at Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and Tyler Bridge Road in Monkton, tested for unsafe levels of E. coli.
The E. coli levels at Tyler Bridge were 686.7 MPN per 100ml, the unit of measurement used to detect E. coli colonies. The Route 7 site tested at 272.3 MPN per 100ml. The state standard is 77 MPN per 100ml.
MIDDLEBURY — Building upon a collaboration which has already resulted in the creation of three “home-like” end-of-life rooms for area residents, Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) and Addison Respite Care Home (ARCH) have agreed to move forward with another community service project — the construction of a new “Family Center” addition at Helen Porter.
BRANDON — Prior to a fourth vote on its municipal budget, which took place Tuesday, Brandon had the dubious distinction of being the only town in Vermont without an approved 2014-2015 spending plan. After the votes were counted Tuesday evening that distinction was still intact.
Brandon voters rejected the most recent town budget proposal by a vote of 600-425.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday offered their input on a number of proposed town plan and zoning bylaw revisions, some of which would pave the way for the construction of the new municipal building at 77 Main St.
SALISBURY — The racing gods were smiling on Jason Frank and Donna Smyers on Sunday morning as they dominated their respective male and female competitors in the Vermont Sun Triathlon held at Branbury State Park in Salisbury.
Frank, 32, became the first athlete to break the one-hour barrier in three different runnings of this sprint triathlon, which consisted of a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. The Burlington resident’s winning time of 59:51 was just 47 seconds off the course record.