MONTPELIER — Vergennes Union High School’s Jared Birchmore has been nominated along with three other Vermont high school seniors by Vermont Department of Education officials to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca announced the four selections at a Dec. 20 press conference and reception at the Vermont Statehouse. Each state is invited to nominate students for the program, and Vilaseca said Vermont was happy to announce its selections.
MIDDLEBURY — The historic Middlebury Community House could soon be home to a “Middlebury Community Music Center,” where aspiring musicians would be taught to become more proficient on the instrument(s) of their choice — including voice.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County’s low-income households will have a tougher time keeping their homes warm this winter in light of new eligibility standards and tighter resources for federal fuel assistance, according to state and local human services advocates.
Richard Moffi, fuel program chief for the state of Vermont, said current signs point to the Green Mountain State receiving around $17 million through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That is approximately 5 percent less than the state received last winter.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Dec. 18 approved funding for the Bristol Fire Department to purchase six new vehicle extrication coveralls.
Brett LaRose, the first assistant chief of the outfit, said that the fire department had previously purchased 30 suits, but some have been removed from service due to wear and tear.
LaRose said that he spoke with several vendors, and the best quote he received for the coveralls was $2,772. The selectboard approved an appropriation in that amount.
ADDISON — Members of the Addison planning commission and selectboard reached at least a tentative consensus last week that planners should turn their attention away from updating zoning regulations and toward updating the town plan before it expires late next summer.
Planning commission chairman Frank Galgano said and selectboard chairman Jeff Kauffman confirmed that the members of the two boards at a Dec. 16 planning meeting also agreed that the Addison Development Review Board should in the meantime rely on the town’s 2007 zoning laws.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is tentatively scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, to discuss a conflict of interest complaint brought against Selectman Victor Nuovo in connection with his recent votes on a proposal to build a new municipal building and recreation center.
Here are the main fuel assistance programs available for Vermonters:
Crisis Fuel Assistance
This is for folks in danger of running out of fuel for home heating, or who may have received a disconnect notice from the utility company. This program provides help to homeowners or renters who pay for their heat or who have heat included in their rent. The program can also help eligible people repair or replace their furnace. A family of four may earn up to $3,926 per month to qualify.
BRISTOL — A group raising funds for a new playground on the Bristol town green has reached its goal of $11,000.
The Bristol Green Playground Committee used the fundraising website Indiegogo to solicit funds. As of press time, the group had reached raised $12,390. The fundraising period ends Friday.
“This is fantastic,” committee member Darla Senecal said. “To be able to come up with this in such a short time, it’s bolstering.”
As of Tuesday, 134 different people donated to the project.