Archive - Apr 7, 2011
The Vermont House rejected the Shumlin administration’s effort to raise almost $4 million by assessing a 3-percent provider tax on dentists. Instead, legislators opted to raise the same $4 million through a 26-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes. The governor is pushing the Senate to restore the tax on dentists, saying it’s misguided to punish people with an addiction.
Cold, high water. Slow fishing. That’s my prediction for the opening day of the 2011 trout fishing season.
OK, I admit it. It’s my prediction every year for opening day. I’m not going out on a limb. Still, the last couple years may have left anglers somewhat spoiled. On opening day of 2010, there was much less runoff from snow melt than is typical for early April, and thus much better opening day conditions than usual.
MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has raised 92 percent ($712,135) of its 2010 fund-raising goal of $775,000 and will soon begin the very painstaking process of allocating funds to the many local nonprofits serving residents in need.
This is the second year in a row that the local United Way has set a goal of $775,000 and fallen just shy of the finish line — though the books don’t technically close on the campaign until June 30 and people still have time to donate. Last year, UWAC reached 95 percent of the goal.
MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee studying the concept of merging school governance in the Addison Central Supervisory Union will soon begin a series of forums in the seven ACSU-member towns that could culminate in a referendum in March of 2013.
BRISTOL — Debate over gravel extraction in Bristol’s conservation district burst into flames at the Bristol Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, where the commission disagreed over the meaning of the results of a public poll on gravel and sand extraction.
ADDISON — Addison residents will join their Vergennes counterparts on May 17 in deciding the fate of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification.
Petitions in both those communities triggered revotes of Town Meeting Day tallies in favor of a plan in which one 12-member board would own and operate the four ANwSU schools.
Voters in Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham joined Addison and Vergennes in backing the plan, but the results were not petitioned in those towns.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday, April 12, will vote for a second time on a $3 million bond issue to finance various road improvement projects throughout town.
The second Australian ballot vote, to take place at the municipal building, is needed to affirm a Town Meeting Day vote of 467 to 158 in favor of the bond. That initial vote was improperly warned and therefore must be ratified.
“It is to take care of the glitch,” Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger said of the second referendum.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Rotary Club members this month are hoping to double the success of last year’s on-line auction that netted around $5,000 for local charitable causes.
Titled “Bidding for Good,” Rotary’s third annual on-line auction has already received 175 donated items with a combined retail value of around $17,000, according to Scott Needham, co-chair of the club’s auction committee.
“We should end up with 180 to 190 items, with a retail value of around $18,000,” Needham said.