Archive - Aug 10, 2006
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — State entomologist Jon Turmel warned lawmakers on Monday that Vermont will need to hatch a larger revenue stream to fund its annual battle against mosquitoes, or risk seeing the pesky insects multiply dramatically and bring life threatening diseases into the Green Mountain State in the years to come.
Turmel made the comments during a meeting in Middlebury that saw local legislators, insect-control district officials and municipal leaders discuss this year’s hefty mosquito population and the lack of funds available to battle the insects.
“It’s no longer just a nuisance; it’s now a way of life,” Turmel said of the annual mosquito problem.
Currently, 10 percent of the money the state collects in motorboat registration fees is used to pay for larvicide to drop in communities that are a part of state-approved insect control districts. Motorboat registration fees have been generating between $45,000 and $85,00 per year for mosquito larvicide, according to Turmel.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middle-bury’s new junk ordinance officially took effect Tuesday night, in the wake of a referendum that saw residents vote 272 to 95 against repealing the new law.
The repeal question failed to carry on two fronts. Not only did junk law opponents fail to win a majority of the tallies, the referendum failed to attract the minimum 15 percent (around 670) of registered Middlebury voters required by the town charter for an ordinance change. In all, only 367 votes were cast in the election.
Tuesday’s vote was forced by a citizens’ petition effort organized by resident Peggy Kimball. Kimball, who filed the petition back on June 16, said she wanted to give all registered voters in town a chance to weigh in on the issue, as opposed to just municipal leaders. Selectmen had voted 5-2 in May to approve the ordinance.
By MEGAN GAMBINO
NEW HAVEN — The Addison County Fair and Field Days has been a tradition since 1948. But, for as much as the exhibition showcases the current agricultural life of the county, it also pays tribute to the days gone by.
Throughout the five days of festivities, which began Tuesday and continue through Saturday, a group of tinkerers leads demonstrations of functioning antique farm equipment.
A large crowd gathered at one of Tuesday’s shows. Many veteran fair-goers said they are always sure to include the Antique Equipment Building on their circuit through horse shows, sheep shearing demos, dairy confirmation classes and, of course, the midway.
“I come here ever year to watch,” said Bristol’s Todd Lossman, who brought his son, Wyatt, to the Tuesday demonstration. “It’s awesome.”