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June 16th, 2016
BRISTOL — Join friends old and new in downtown Bristol this Saturday as Main Street is turned into a showcase for Vermont’s funkiest tunes, food, drinks and fun at the seventh Pocock Rocks Music Festival and Street Fair.
After a hiatus last year, Pocock Rocks is back from 3 to 8 p.m. and open to all who want to kick off the summer with style and a little groove. Local bands will be rocking all day with back-to-back performances on two stages at either end of the street.
All four local high schools held commencement ceremonies this past weekend. Click below, for stories on Middlebury Union High School, Mount Abe Union High School, Otter Valley Union High School, or Vergennes Union High School.
SALISBURY / LEICESTER — There will be no swimming at Branbury State Park, or anywhere on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, this Wednesday and Thursday because a herbicide will be pumped into the water to kill invasive aquatic plants.
The Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association is treating the two bodies of water with herbicides called Renovate OTF and Renovate 3 (active ingredient triclopyr) to help get rid of Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum, EWM). The application of the herbicide is slated for Wednesday.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe on June 22 will bring to order the first-ever meeting of the newly created Addison Central School District Board.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School junior Brandon Cousino recently handed a $2,402 check to the Vergennes Lions Club, some of it his own money, most of it community donations, and all of it based on his state championship wrestling season at 182 pounds this past winter.
Cousino, a 17-year-old Ferrisburgh resident, recruited a half-dozen businesses in the Vergennes area and elsewhere in the county plus several family members to donate to the Lions’ charitable initiatives, with the amounts depending on how well Cousino fared on the mat.
BRISTOL — The Vermont American Legion has named Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose the 2016 Firefighter of the Year.
“I’m honored. It’s unexpected. And I’m just truly honored that my peers thought enough of me and my efforts to submit my name for this award,” said LaRose. “I think of all the qualified candidates whose names must have been submitted to be recipients of this award, and the fact that they selected my name it just kind of takes me back.”
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday met with the town’s Vermont Green Line (VGL) committee and town attorney behind closed doors to discuss the proposed deal for the town to host several miles of underground power line between Lake Champlain and Waltham on Route 7.
But Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said an agreement between Ferrisburgh and the Massachusetts companies proposing the $650 million, 400-megawatt VGL — Anbaric Transmission and National Grid — remains a long way off.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard is upset that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is refusing to install a left-turn lane for northbound traffic into the town’s Route 7 office building, a safety measure the board has been lobbying for since 2014.
Selectman Red Muir said the board believes it’s dangerous for drivers to wait on the state highway to turn off while traffic, including many northbound trucks, bears down on them from behind.