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May 29th

City reappraisal "staggering" to homeowners

May 28, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Vergennes board of listers chairman Mel Hawley told aldermen last week that the effect of the just-completed city-wide reappraisal would be “staggering� on many homeowners, but that the results of the 18-month valuation effort were fair.

Since 1993, the last time the city’s property was reappraised, Hawley said that the value of Vergennes homes has increased at a faster rate than the value of the city’s commercial and industrial properties.

As a result, he said, homeowners have actually been paying a lower percentage of the city’s taxes than they should have been. Now, according to examples Hawley provided aldermen at their May 22 meeting, homeowners could be looking at tax hikes ranging from 4.5 percent to 37.3 percent.

“Residential properties over the past 14 years were paying less than their fair share. So what this is, is actually corrected,� Hawley said. “I know it’s staggering, but it’s correcting inequities that occurred over that 14-year period.�

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Lincoln housing plans

May 28, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

LINCOLN — A local resident is planning to build six houses on about 60 acres of property between Purinton Road and Downingsville Road in Lincoln into six separate housing lots. If the plan goes through, it will represent a substantial development in the area.

The Lincoln Planning Commission will evaluate the proposal at a public hearing on Monday, June 7, at 7:15 p.m. the town office.

The property belongs to Lincoln resident Dhyani Ywahoo. She said she decided around 2005 to build houses on the land both to develop the investment, and for some friends of hers, who will be living in some of the houses. “I wish to regather some of my investment, and also wish to have friends living nearby,� she said.

Originally, she said there were ambitious plans for a “green� development that would have greatly reduced energy use and relied on renewable fuel sources such as solar or geothermal energy. “With the cost of fuel, it’s really become very significant,� she said.

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May 24th

Memorial Day reflections

May 24, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Like many World War II veterans, Vergennes native Martin Casey says he was just doing his job when he signed up to fight fascism, a decision that led him to fight under Gen. George S. Patton in Germany and then do post-war service in Japan. 

Although he enlisted to serve in WWII, it took some arm-twisting on the part of officials of Vergennes American Legion Post 14, an outfit Casey has served as commander four times, to get him to agree to act as the marshal of the city’s Memorial Day parade, the state’s largest.

Casey, an accomplished musician and former Vergennes city clerk and shop owner who has also held many other key offices for Post 14, said others are more deserving of the honor. His parting words to an interviewer discussing parade duty with him were, “Don’t make me out to be some kind of war hero.”

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Clinton visit preparations continue

May 24, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College officials and town police are gearing up for what they believe will be the largest graduation ceremony this town has ever seen.

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the commencement speech at the college this Sunday, May 27, and 7,000 people have secured tickets to see him.

In an effort to keep the ceremony, which will celebrate the approximately 600 graduates of the class of 2007, as intimate as possible, tickets were reserved for graduates and their families, alumni and friends of the college. No tickets are no longer available.

Secretary of the College John Emerson could not reveal many of the details of Clinton’s visit, only that he will speak at 10 a.m. on the green below Mead Chapel, and that only people with tickets will be permitted. Commencement is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Memorial Day Parades - 2007

ADDISON COUNTY — The last weekend in May is always a big one for anyone who likes to listen to brass bands play, wonder at the precision driving of Shriners in pint-size vehicles, and watch a procession of friends and neighbors march past holding banners and waving. This year should be no exception.

Six Addison County towns will host Memorial Day parades this weekend.

As usual, Orwell will kick-off the festivities with its traditional Sunday afternoon parade, which gets under way at 1:30 p.m. The 34th annual parade will line up on North Orwell Road and proceed through the village to the green. This year’s parade marshal, Cindy Watrous, will lead a procession that includes the Fair Haven Union High School band, the Catamount Pipe Band, four American Legion color guard units, at least six Shriners units and a collection of fire department and rescue vehicles from area towns. The Rev. John Tatro of the Orwell Congregational Church will give the invocation as part of the memorial service on the green.

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May 21st

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Legislative roundup

May 21, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers last week gave a passing grade to the 2007 legislative session, giving particularly high marks to measures that will expand Internet/cellular phone coverage throughout the state and give Vermonters more assistance in making their homes energy efficient.

The Legislature adjourned on May 12 after a four-month marathon that saw lawmakers endorse, among other things, an education cost-containment bill and partial state subsidies for pre-kindergarten programs.

On the other hand, lawmakers took a pass on several controversial, high-profile measures, including an impeachment resolution and “right-to-die” legislation.

All in all, it was a good session, according to Rep. Steve Maier, D-Middlebury.

“I think the Legislature was really productive this year,” said Maier, chairman of the House Health Care Committee. “There was a real sense that people worked very hard on behalf of Vermonters.”

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Whiting/Sudbury school plan to gather feedback

May 21, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

WHITING/SUDBURY — After less than two months of public meetings, the Whiting and Sudbury school boards have drafted a joint contract agreement to consolidate their elementary school operations for the 2008-2009 academic year. Now they hope to begin gathering feedback from their respective communities.

Each town will hold a special town meeting on Nov. 6 at which a final plan will be presented and residents in each town will vote on the idea.

“The school boards wanted to get the proposed contract out to the citizens for review and suggestions,” said William Mathis, Superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. “At this early date, we have time to consider and revise as needed.”

As the draft reads now, starting in the fall of 2008, the Whiting school would serve kindergarten through second grade students and the Sudbury school would serve third- through sixth-graders.  

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