June 23rd, 2016
MONTPELIER — Early voting for Vermont’s upcoming primaries will officially open on Friday, June 24.
Beginning on Friday, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail or online and cast their vote for the Aug. 9 election. The elections staff at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has already finalized and sent out the ballots to town clerks and some towns may even open their early voting before Friday.
VERGENNES — Police spending — especially $110,000 for two new cruisers — dominated a Tuesday Vergennes City Council meeting devoted to the next city budget and municipal tax rate, both of which must be adopted by July 1.
The council is working from a $2.3 million draft budget submitted by Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley that he calculated, if adopted, would require a 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.
BRANDON — Bette Moffett would be proud.
A community effort has been under way to help stabilize the Brandon Town Band and offer a consistent venue for weekly musical offerings in Brandon this summer.
Enter the Brandon Summer Concert Series, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through July and August in Central Park.
Bette Moffett died in 2013, having had a hand in creating the Brandon Town Band, among so many other local institutions. She formed the town band with Sally Hutchison in 2007.
MIDDLEBURY — As part of its broader mission to make healthy food more accessible to people in Addison County, the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (MNFC) is running two programs — Food for All and Co-op Basics — that help people in the community struggling to overcome a number of barriers.
Food for All offers a free membership to the Co-op, a 10 percent discount, and free access to food-related classes offered by the Co-op.
Co-op Basics offers discounted prices on grocery staples, and it is offered to all customers.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly one in eight Vermont households and one in five Vermont children are food insecure, as of May 2015, according to Hunger Free Vermont. In Addison County, one in five children struggle with food insecurity, says the statewide advocacy and education organization that works to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in Vermont.
BRANDON — Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a Brandon woman as part of a national health care fraud crackdown.
The Office of the U.S. Attorney in Burlington said the 36-year-old Misti Baker was involved in Medicaid fraud, and that a federal judged had ordered that she be jailed pending a detention hearing on Friday.
For an artist’s studio, Rebecca Kinkead’s is really very clean.
CORNWALL — The process starts at roughly 6:30 a.m. as Fire Chief Denny Rheaume begins mixing the ingredients for the special - and highly secret - basting sauce. A couple hours later, more Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department members start arriving to set up the grills, get the charcoal going and prep the chicken for a morning of low-and-slow cooking.