Archive - 2011
MONTPELIER — Agriculture employs an estimated one in six people in Vermont. On Wednesday a statewide economic development organization released a strategic plan that looks to strengthen this critical component of Vermont’s economy.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s “Farm to Plate Strategic Plan” — 18 months in the making — lays out a roadmap to encourage growth and new infrastructure in Vermont’s food and farm sector, create new jobs in that sector, and improve access to healthy, locally produced foods.
MIDDLEBURY — With expectations to triple production over the next several years, Green Mountain Beverage CEO Bret Williams confirmed Tuesday that the hard cider company plans later this year to move from Pond Lane into much larger headquarters — the Connor Homes building on Route 7 in Middlebury.
Connor Homes will move into the Vermont Tubbs complex in Brandon within the next several weeks.
BRISTOL — The snow-covered field behind the red schoolhouse off Hardscrabble Road in Bristol was filled with the sounds of industry and eager voices Monday morning. A young boy wielded an axe as another stood by critiquing his stance.
“Legs wide so you don’t chop off your feet,” the second boy said, and the first boy brought the axe down deliberately on a piece of wood, splitting it down the middle. A young girl took the splinters to the outdoor cob oven for kindling.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday endorsed the concept of providing $25,000 in town money to pay a portion of the cost of a new local events marketing coordinator who would draw out-of-towners to spend money downtown and in other local businesses that serve visitors.
The goal of coordinator would be to produce more in town revenue through increased rooms and meals tax collections than the cost of the position.
“We look forward to this being not an expenditure but an investment,” said selectboard chair John Tenny.
LEICESTER — October 2011 will mark the 250th anniversary of Leicester’s town charter. The selectboard and the Leicester Historical Society are each planning ways to observe the occasion.
Last September, a member of the Brandon Police Department contacted the Leicester selectboard concerning a letter that had appeared in the Brandon Reporter suggesting that the Brandon police were patrolling Leicester. The officer made it clear that Brandon police do not patrol Leicester unless asked by another authority, or if they are investigating a case.
LINCOLN — At 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Community School (LCS) multipurpose room, members of the LCS Building Committee will present its $2 million bond proposal to town residents before the bond goes to a vote on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Should the bond be approved, Lincoln residents will see an increase in their taxes for the next 20 years.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on Jan. 6 closed its public hearing on a proposed Route 7 Dollar General store, and the 45-day clock started ticking for the board to make a decision on the planned 10,000-square-foot-store.
MIDDLEBURY — Randy Ross’ medical practice relies on good old-fashioned house calls to the homes of his 1,800 patients around Addison County.
But Ross’ visits are anything but routine — he often must first track down his patient, and wrestle them onto a table and make sure they don’t run away or scratch him or his assistant.