November 28th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s 23 towns bore the brunt of a Thanksgiving Eve snowstorm that blanketed Vermont and much of the Northeast on the busiest travel day of the year.
Forecasters from the National Weather Service office in South Burlington said Addison County got more snow than any other county in Vermont, ranging from 8 inches in Vergennes to 16.5 inches in Orwell.
“That was the jackpot area,” said NWS meteorologist Andrew Loconto. “There was a pretty good snowband which dropped some good amounts across the county.”
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday voted to close the town landfill when its current certification expires at the end of 2016.
The decision came after what Town Administrator Therese Kirby called a productive meeting between town and state Agency of Natural Resources officials to find ways to fund the landfill’s closure.
“They understand the plight of Bristol residents and are trying to help us avoid bonding, look for money, and find an alternative (landfill) cover,” Kirby said.
MIDDLEBURY — There will again be a warming shelter to help the homeless this winter, but it will be located in the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Charter House on North Pleasant Street instead of at the Memorial Baptist Church.
ADDISON COUNTY — A dramatic spike in the price of salt has some Addison County public works officials vowing to be a lot more judicious in how the substance is applied to roads this winter.
PANTON — The Panton selectboard is asking residents to approve a truck loan for $121,012 at a Dec. 17 special meeting, but at the same time the board is making plans for two long-term funds that its members hope will avoid such meetings in the future.
If residents say yes to the truck at a Panton Town Hall meeting set to begin at 6 p.m. that Wednesday, the town will get a new, fully equipped tandem plow vehicle, said board chairman John Viskup last week.
CORNWALL — The spirit of the season will come to Cornwall this Sunday, Nov. 30, when the Cornwall Congregational Church hosts a special 3 p.m. Advent celebration.
Attendees will be welcome to deck the church with a traditional “Hanging of the Greens,” the ceremony that readies the sanctuary for Advent, the four weeks before Christmas when Christians are called to prepare themselves spiritually for the coming of Jesus.
It is generally accepted that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims. We know they invited the local Wampanoag to join them. And we also know that turkey was on the menu. What is less known is that a couple of modern Thanksgiving traditions are actually rooted in that long-ago meal.
For the third time in 12 years, Vermont’s Legislature will elect the governor in January, because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Vermont is the only state in the nation where the Legislature can elect the governor. This provision has been in the Vermont Constitution for over 200 years.