January 5th, 2017
STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents interested in running for the two new seats added to the selectboard are encouraged to pursue their candidacies now.
Candidates must get a petition from the town office, obtain 14 signatures (1 percent of the 1,356 votes on the town’s checklist), fill out a consent form and return the signed petition and form to Town Clerk Cheryl Estey by Jan. 30.
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s minimum wage increased from $9.60 to $10 per hour on Jan. 1 in accordance with legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in June 2014. The tipped-employee minimum wage also increased on Jan. 1, to $5 per hour.
Vermont’s minimum wage will increase in January 2018 to $10.50 per hour, and statutory provisions to track the CPI-U inflation rate are set to resume in 2019.
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members on Dec. 20 continued to discuss their ongoing effort to make the city’s downtown safer for pedestrians and cyclists, an effort triggered by a November discussion at a council meeting attended by about a dozen residents.
Alderman Matt Chabot reported on the first meeting of the task force the council recently created to focus on the issue and make recommendations to city officials. Chabot said he was encouraged by what was a get-together to assess the task and marshal resources.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Studio School last month purchased the Route 7 building it has rented for the past year and a half, securing a permanent home for the nonprofit community visual arts school.
On Dec. 15, Barbara A. Nelson, Llyn Rice and members of the Middlebury Studio School board of directors took ownership of 2377 Route 7 on behalf of the school funded by an anonymous grant.
WASHINGTON — Continuing his advocacy to protect Vermont’s dairy farmers as well as the consumers’ right to know, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by Mike Simpson (R-ID) and 23 other members of Congress, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its legal authority to investigate and take action against the manufacturers of products they falsely claim to be milk.
ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) is announcing their annual grants to provide Addison County students with enrichment experiences in the natural world. The 2016 Environmental Education Grants program awards teachers with grants of up to $800 to support the OCAS mission of encouraging a culture of conservation.
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Audubon is sponsoring two events next week that will help participants better understand the natural world.