August 29th, 2011
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday dipped into a little-used city fund to help a needy nursing home resident, and also they also gave City Clerk Joan Devine greater authority in the future to use the money to give other deserving Vergennes residents a helping hand.
City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen the Donnelly Fund was created in the 1940s in memory of former Vergennes resident John Donnelly. Started with $5,000, the fund was intended “to be used for the care of the worthy poor,” he said.
BRISTOL — Those seeking to establish a federally subsidized health clinic in Bristol are looking for new funds after learning that a federal grant won’t come through this year.
The Five Town Health Alliance (5THA) had sought $650,000 to outfit a Federally Qualified Health Center, or FQHC, and pay the salaries of administrative staff. But due to late-April budget cuts, manifest in legislation known as a continuing resolution, the pool of money available for FQHCs was cut by almost one quarter.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are investigating two separate incidents of grand larceny from this past week in Bristol — one at Four Hills Farm and another at Lathrop Forest Products — and they may have a suspect for the Four Hills theft.
The farm reported to VSP that three of its Honda ATVs were stolen early on Wednesday, Aug. 24, between the hours of 1 and 3 a.m. Although the farm family members initially told the police that four ATVs were stolen, they later realized that only three were missing.
PANTON — On Saturday, Sept. 10, Panton will join the cluster of Addison County towns commemorating their 250th birthday this calendar year, and townspeople are planning a daylong celebration with myriad activities and attractions for all ages to mark the occasion.
The celebration, which recalls the date in 1761 when colonial Gov. Benning Wentworth issued Panton’s official charter, will begin in earnest at 11 a.m. on the Beillo property south of the Panton Town Hall.
VERGENNES — At the Aug. 23 Vergennes City Council meeting, Vergennes officials told two of the several Crosby Farms homeowners whose basements were flooded in April and May that nothing could be done until the insurance liability for the events could be worked out.
Homeowners Jeffrey and Carrie Tarte, who attended the meeting, and City Manager Mel Hawley told the council they have talked regularly about the incidents.
PANTON — What should be the last public step in adopting Panton’s new town plan comes on Thursday, when the Addison County Regional Planning Commission will hold its required hearing on the document at Panton Town Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
The proposed plan has already successfully navigated planning commission and selectboard hearings, and the selectboard adopted the plan earlier this summer.
VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley last week gave aldermen a rosy update on the first full year of city ownership of the Vergennes pool.
At Aug. 23 meeting of the Vergennes City Council, he said he had checked numbers quickly and come up with a pool fund balance of about $6,500.
ADDISON — After close to two years of separation, the shores of Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison, Vt., were once more connected last Friday when the center arch of the new Lake Champlain bridge was set in place.
And while there’s still a lot more work to be done before the bridge is completed, for the crowds that turned out to watch, the connection between the two states was a symbolic moment.