June 26th, 2014
ORWELL — Many political candidates find themselves competing in multiple elections before finally winning a seat in the Vermont House. Some never quite muster enough votes to get in.
Then there’s Alyson Eastman, a first-time candidate who finds herself with no competitors in her bid for the Addison-Rutland seat representing Benson, Orwell, Shoreham and Whiting. Barring a successful write-in challenge, Eastman, an Orwell independent, will take the place of Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, when the Legislature reconvenes next January.
MIDDLEBURY — This past weekend, approximately 175 owners of vintage MG sports cars gathered in Middlebury for a New England MG T Register sponsored event featuring a rally, educational tours and entertainment.
The New England MG T Register, or NEMGTR, was celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. The organization was co-founded by 84-year-old Dick Knudson, a native of Mechanic Falls, Maine, and the late Frank Churchill, formerly of Middlebury, who died in a car accident in 1999. The event began on Wednesday, June 18, and ran through Sunday, June 22.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on July 22 will get to weigh on a series of proposed town plan and zoning bylaw revisions, some of them aimed at facilitating the siting of the new municipal building at 77 Main St.
BRANDON — The majority of Brandon voters voted “no” again on Tuesday, defeating the proposed municipal budget for the third time this year despite an impassioned plea from the selectboard chair. The tally was 376-671.
Three articles establishing $60,000 in three separate funds for specific purposes were also defeated.
On Wednesday morning, the board held an emergency meeting warned 24 hours before to figure out next steps, which will include cutting services and personnel as the end of the fiscal year looms on June 30.
MIDDLEBURY-June starts the summer theater season, so turn off the TV and come to Town Hall Theater for Middlebury Actors Workshop’s latest sampler of one-act plays, “Summer Shorts.” This six-pack of comedies opens Thursday, June 26, for five performances, including a Saturday matinee.
NEW HAVEN — Don and Cheryl Mitchell knew they had found a jewel when they purchased their 130-acre farm in New Haven back in 1972. They raised their two children surrounded by rolling pastureland, majestic cliffs, stunning foliage and a flock of sheep that the couple continues to raise.
SALISBURY — An Addison County Superior Court judge has ordered a Salisbury man held without bail as he prepares to answer to a count of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping, stemming from allegations filed against him this past spring by a former live-in girlfriend.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Monday will have a chance to learn more about and weigh in on a new municipal plan that city officials are calling an update to the 2009 plan, not a rewrite.
The city planning commission has set a public hearing on the updated plan at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 30, in the Vergennes fire department basement meeting room.
Planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett handed a two-page summary of proposed changes to the Vergennes City Council on June 17, and that summary will be available at Monday’s meeting.