Archive - Dec 2011
VERGENNES — More than 250 Vergennes-area residents attended a Wednesday meeting called by Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel that was intended to spark a community-wide effort to combat illegal drug use in the city and surrounding towns.
The crowd in the St. Peter’s Church Parish Hall often applauded Merkel and other speakers at what moderator Scott Gaines of Vergennes called a “community awareness meeting,”
ADDISON COUNTY — For those Addison County residents who felt November was unseasonably warm, it wasn’t a figment of their imaginations. Last month was truly record breaking.
According to data documented by National Weather Service observers:
• South Lincoln had its warmest November on record, with a monthly average of 40.8 degrees. The second warmest November in South Lincoln weather history was in 2006 at 40.3 degrees.
MONKTON — Officials in Monkton say they’ve exceeded the capacity of their 1,200-square-foot town hall. According to the 2010 census, Monkton is one of Addison County’s fastest growing towns, expanding at a rate of 12.6 percent in the last decade to a total of 1,980 residents.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 20 representatives of Addison County’s child care community gathered in Middlebury on Thursday and vowed to push for more state support for services they said are being stressed by the struggling economy and drug abuse within young families.
BRISTOL — When chairman Tom Wells resigned his position on the Bristol Planning Commission last Wednesday after eight years serving on the commission and four years heading it, the decision didn’t come as a big surprise to the selectboard.
According to selectboard Chair Joel Bouvier, Wells indicated in early October he’d likely have trouble fulfilling his planning commission duties due to an increased workload as an attorney.
FERRISBURGH —Rural development and environmental policy expert Jean Richardson of North Ferrisburgh has been named to the advisory board that helps set national standards for organic agriculture and products.
ORWELL — Officials in the town of Orwell were within their rights when they removed a stone outcropping within the Mount Independence State Historic Site, according to the state Division for Historic Preservation.
When the “supercommittee” on debt reduction collapsed one of the proposals that collapsed with it was a potential change in the nation’s dairy policy by year’s end. Federal price supports for agriculture, as with everything else, are the obvious targets of budget cutters, then, and now.