Archive - Aug 2012
MIDDLEBURY — John R. Beyrle logged thousands of miles over three decades before and during his tenure as U.S. ambassador to Russia. And it was a journey that came full circle on Aug. 17 at Middlebury College, where Beyrle delivered the commencement address for the conclusion of the Middlebury Language Schools’ 98th summer session.
Beyrle, 58, studied Russian during the summer of 1975 at the Middlebury Russian School, and he credited that experience for helping lead him toward a career in foreign diplomacy.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermonters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to cast ballots in primary elections highlighted by a heated contest between two Burlington Democrats vying for attorney general.
That contest features longtime incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell, who is being challenged by Chittenden County State’s Attorney Thomas “T.J.” Donovan. The winner of that race will go on to face Republican candidate Jack McMullen in the General Election this November.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday crossed a couple potential sites for a new police station off their list, but also discussed two new possibilities and addressed a station’s potential cost.
Taken off the list at the recommendation of the council’s police station committee were two properties on North Main Street, the Kennedy Brothers building and a 14-acre parcel owned by Vermont Industrial Parks, a subsidiary of Carrara & Sons Inc.
VERGENNES — Despite the first hike in the city’s municipal tax rate since 2008, Vergennes residential property taxpayers are looking at an increase in the overall city rate, including school taxes, of only 1.27 cents. That’s an increase of less than 1 percent.
The overall 2012-2013 Vergennes residential tax rate is $1.8421 per $100 of assessment, up from $1.8294 in 2011-2012.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission at its Tuesday meeting grilled Alex Wylie, agricultural director of the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), for more than an hour about the ins and outs of proposed conservation easements along the Route 116 corridor north of Bristol.
The goal of the proposed sale of development rights is to preserve the wildlife corridor, maintain the aesthetics of Bristol’s northern gateway and ensure responsible forestry and agricultural practices.
BRISTOL — At the Bristol selectboard’s Aug. 13 meeting, selectmen met with members of the Howden Hall Committee to discuss upcoming renovations to one of the town’s oldest buildings.
BRISTOL — Since 1995, a particularly dynamic and volatile portion of the New Haven River — just south of Bristol’s A. Johnson lumber mill — has moved 400 feet west, encroaching on Route 116 and threatening numerous homes.
Kristen Underwood, a river scientist and Bristol resident, has been working on a plan to protect homes along this stretch of Route 116 for the past two years. As she’s nearing the end of her state-funded work, Underwood, Route 116 residents, the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) and the town of Bristol have proposed a solution.