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March 28th, 2013
VERGENNES — The residents of the John Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes know what it’s like to be without a home.
Maybe that’s why it didn’t take long for the shelter’s newly formed women’s group to zero in on the men and women who are serving in the military far away from their homes as the subject for a community service project.
SHOREHAM — The District 9 Environmental Commission will likely not request a second hearing to receive more testimony in WhistlePig’s quest for an Act 250 permit to build a whiskey distillery, its leader says. So the panel will now revisit the mountain of evidence that has been submitted by the applicant and opponents of the high-profile project in anticipation of issuing a decision later this spring.
BRANDON — There will be a re-vote on Brandon’s municipal budget next month.
Organizers turned in petitions containing more than the required 564 signatures to Brandon Town Clerk Bill Dick on Monday, which amounts to at least 20 percent of the electorate as required by state statute.
On Monday night, the selectboard approved a motion to warn a re-vote election for Tuesday, April 30, pending availability of the Neshobe School polling place.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury has landed a $250,000 federal grant to install a 1,560-foot stretch of sidewalk along the west side of Creek Road, a project that will be done in concert with major repairs to the road.
That’s the good news.
Editor's note: This story was originally posted Monday afternoon.
WEYBRIDGE — Former Weybridge Town Clerk and Treasurer Karen Brisson appeared in U.S. District Court in Rutland on Monday and pleaded guilty to a charge of federal program embezzlement. Town officials said an audit had determined that she had embezzled $485,000 in town funds since 2006.
Brisson, 50, agreed to pay restitution to the town.
MIDDLEBURY — While lawmakers spent much time at a legislative breakfast at the American Legion hall in Middlebury on Monday talking about taxes, they also discussed important legislation for the farm community, among other things.
At the top of the list was a bill that would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs.
BRANDON — Brandon native Stacey S. Coburn was recently crowned Mrs. Vermont United States 2013. Coburn will represent married women across Vermont as she competes for the national title of Mrs. United States in Las Vegas in July.
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature. Commonly found in many household products including carpets, cleaning products and adhesives, they emit potentially harmful levels of chemicals into the air for many months after application.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, research has shown that high or prolonged exposure to VOCs can yield adverse effects, including eye and throat irritation, headaches, asthma, liver damage, complications to the central nervous system and cancer.