Archive - Apr 2012
VERGENNES — At their April 10 meeting, Vergennes aldermen told homeowners affected by water problems in the Crosby Farms and Booska Court areas that the city had hired Middlebury’s Otter Creek Engineering to evaluate what needed to be done to cure drainage woes in the subdivision.
The water problems came to a head during the spring of 2011, when melt from heavy snows combined with steady rain to flood and badly damage eight basements, according to a group of homeowners who also met with aldermen in August.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on April 10 officially accepted the planning commission’s final draft of proposed new zoning and subdivision regulations, the product of months of work by planners.
Planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett said planners held a hearing on March 19 and tweaked their proposal based on testimony they heard there and on follow-up discussions among themselves.
ADDISON COUNTY — A group of high school students from Japan that recently visited Vermont learned not just about the cultural differences between their home country and the Green Mountain State, but also got some first-hand experience and education on how Vermonters are trying to integrate more local foods into their lives.
It was all under the Green Across the Pacific Environmental Leadership Exchange program, an international program, run by Shoreham resident Peter Lynch, which seeks to improve cultural and environmental awareness and cooperation.
RUTLAND (AP) — A former Addison Northeast Supervisory Union elementary school teacher has been sentenced to three years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Twenty-nine-year-old Will Parini of Starksboro, a former music teacher at Bristol Elementary and at Robinson Elementary in Starksboro, pleaded guilty to the charge in October and was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Rutland last Wednesday.
VERGENNES — The crowd at the best-attended Vergennes city council meeting in decades saw aldermen on Tuesday move toward, but not adopt, a policy that would allow a longstanding Christian Nativity scene to remain on the city green while also allowing other groups to put up displays there.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels in the past three weeks received roughly 70 citizen emails on the topic of whether the city should allow a Christian Nativity scene to be displayed on the city’s central green, as it has been for the past five decades.
City officials do not store or maintain the crèche, but there is a small line item in the city budget that supports its maintenance.
VERGENNES — Before Tuesday’s hearing on the display of religious and other scenes on city property, Vergennes aldermen published on the city’s website an introductory preamble, an initial policy, and a second policy that was amended after an initial round of feedback from citizens and consideration by city officials.