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VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen have taken a look at the first draft of a proposed $1.6 million 2010-2011 city budget that if adopted would not require an increase in the portion of the city tax rate that supports municipal spending.
That $1.6 million figure does not include the sewer budget, which is funded by users, or the fire department budget, which is funded by the several towns protected by the department. It does include Vergennes’ share of funding the fire department.
ADDISON COUNTY — One of the first large thunderstorms of the season sent 70 mph winds and steady bolts of lightning racing through Vermont late last Wednesday night and into the early hours on Thursday, cutting power to thousands of homes around the state, including more than 1,000 in Addison County.
Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) estimated that 24,000 residences lost power during the storm, and by 8 a.m. on Thursday 13,200 remained without power.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters will be asked this summer to endorse a $3 million, 20-year bond to chip away at a mounting backlog of needed repairs to the town’s water system infrastructure.
VERGENNES — For the second time in recent months, a longtime member of both the Vergennes Planning Commission and the Development Review Board has decided to step down. On May 18, Mark Hattler, a member of both boards since January 2001, submitted his resignation to aldermen via email.
Hattler’s decision, based on his wish to spend more time with his children, follows the departure earlier this spring of longtime planning chairman Neil Curtis, who resigned after a move out of Vergennes.
Mayor Michael Daniels said Hattler would be as hard to replace as Curtis.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents in the village police district voted down the proposed $378,806 police department spending plan for fiscal year 2011 in a narrow 15-14 paper ballot vote on Monday, May 24. At a meeting of the police district, those opposed to the budget cited the rapidly rising cost of supporting the department as their chief concern.
The proposed 2010-2011 budget would have meant a 12.5 percent hike in the amount to be raised by taxes if residents had approved the budget.
NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and more than 70 community members banded together to conserve nearly 200 acres in the northwest corner of Bristol, finalizing a conservation easement for Jason and Nina Bacon’s property on May 21.
The new easement, which is held by Fish and Wildlife, will preserve in perpetuity 194 acres adjacent the Waterworks park on Plank Street. The land will be open for non-vehicular recreation, and the easement now protects valuable maternity colonies for Vermont’s only federally endangered mammal, the Indiana bat.
MIDDLEBURY — Athletes from Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools won events at a meet hosted by the MUHS team on Wednesday at Middlebury College.
In all, athletes from 13 teams attended the event, which MUHS coach Bill Edson decided to call “The Last Chance Meet” because it is the last meet of the regular season before this weekend’s formal state qualifying meet at Essex, and consequently the last chance to qualify for the postseason.
Edson said the college track was also a lure.
As a child I wanted swordfish and artichokes for my birthday dinner. I can’t imagine what came over me to ask for swordfish, but I still crave artichokes every spring the way my mother fixed them: steamed whole, upside down. Perhaps I loved them because they were expensive and made their appearance in northern New England groceries so briefly. Perhaps I loved that they came all the way from California.