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April 12th, 2012
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels in the past three weeks received roughly 70 citizen emails on the topic of whether the city should allow a Christian Nativity scene to be displayed on the city’s central green, as it has been for the past five decades.
City officials do not store or maintain the crèche, but there is a small line item in the city budget that supports its maintenance.
VERGENNES — Before Tuesday’s hearing on the display of religious and other scenes on city property, Vergennes aldermen published on the city’s website an introductory preamble, an initial policy, and a second policy that was amended after an initial round of feedback from citizens and consideration by city officials.
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers on Wednesday seemed poised to move the discussion of rights for migrant workers in Vermont one step forward.
The bill under scrutiny in the Vermont House was Senate Bill 238, which examines the possibility of allowing undocumented workers to obtain driver’s licenses and non-driver identification. If passed, a study committee would examine the ways that a program could work over the summer and report back to the Legislature when it reconvenes in January 2013.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories that look at how the numbers of local families accessing food assistance programs have changed in the past decade.
BRISTOL — For the first time, more than half the students at Bristol Elementary School meet the low-income guidelines for free and reduce-priced meals. In an attempt to stave off child hunger and rein in school finances, Bristol is offering free breakfasts to all of its students.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s senatorial district is likely to shed Brandon and gain the Chittenden County communities of Huntington and Buel’s Gore.
MIDDLEBURY — For two decades, Salisbury residents Steve Parkes and Christine McKeever-Parkes had dreamed of owning and operating their own small brewery.
That dream is now becoming reality.
Workers on Tuesday were finishing installation of 10 gleaming stainless steel tanks and related conduits that will soon be producing 450-gallon batches of what will be the couple’s signature “Sunshine and Hoppiness” beer at Drop-In Brewing Company at 610 Route 7 South, former home of Dundon Plumbing & Heating.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday gave its support to an effort by two local nonprofits to conserve a 38.3-acre parcel of land on the eastern slope of Chipman Hill, a wooded parcel once eyed for development that would instead be preserved for public enjoyment.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School co-principal Edwin Webbley will return from a medical leave to his post on a part-time basis next week and should be back on a more regular basis on the week that begins on Monday, April 30, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien.