July 15th, 2010
Editor’s note: With frustration brewing about the amount being spent on Lake Champlain clean-up efforts — and the apparent lack of results in better water quality — the Addison Independent set out to understand the complicated discussion about water quality in Vermont, with a focus on the agricultural industry often pinpointed as a main culprit in lake pollution.
MIDDLEBURY — When it comes to fingerprints, you might say that Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley has the Midas touch.
With a reputation earned from years of training and the successful resolution of many needle-in-a-haystack cases, Hanley has become a go-to source for fingerprint identification — both locally and nationally.
VERGENNES — The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) $1,355,200 in grants to help finance a proposed 25-unit senior housing project off of Monkton Road.
The grant, confirmed by U.S. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was a key funding component to the total $5.8 million project that will be built on a 6.5-acre lot adjacent to the Vergennes American Legion and the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza.
MIDDLEBURY — A smattering of Middlebury voters on Tuesday passed a $3 million bond to chip away at a mounting backlog of needed repairs to the town’s water system infrastructure during the next three fiscal years.
The bond passed by a 65-28 Australian ballot tally.
Middlebury has 4,368 registered voters.
FERRISBURGH — The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on July 17 will officially unveil its new Hazelett Watercraft Center, a structure that will permanently house the LCMM’s growing collection of boats, including the 35-foot-long ice yacht “Storm King.”
The Storm King and the new center in which it is located are both gifts of longtime LCMM supporters Bill and Dawn Hazelett. Bill Hazelett — the founder of Hazelett Strip-Casting of Colchester — was an avid sailor and longtime owner of the Storm King. He died late last month at the age of 91.
MIDDLEBURY — One of the nonprofit developers of Middlebury Commons is planning another affordable housing project for seniors — this one in Middlebury South Village (MSV) off Court Street.
In the Democratic primary race for Lt. Governor, the candidate with a firm grasp of the legislative system, a balanced approach to problem solving and an ability to craft legislation that wins the backing of both sides of the political aisle is Rep. Chris Bray of New Haven.
VERGENNES — The five towns in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANwSU) area received their state educational property tax rates last week for the next fiscal year. These educational rates, which typically make up about three-fourths of the towns’ total residential tax rates, will mostly remain stable relative to recent years.