November 4th, 2013
BRANDON — Two years, two months and numerous mistakes have landed the town of Brandon back to square one without office space and now, a deadline to find some, fast.
The long-overdue renovation of the town offices on Center Street ground to a halt last week after the Vermont League of Cities and Towns settled the town’s claim on the building at a much lower payout than anticipated.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and a resident who is petitioning against the city council’s support of the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline extension last week again mutually agreed to delay accepting his petition.
That delay is intended to make sure voting on the petition can occur on the same day as a planned Vergennes Union High School bond vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Award-winning scientist, author and educator Sean B. Carroll will give a one-hour lecture on Thursday, Nov. 14, titled “Brave Genius: A Scientist’s Journey from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize.” The event, targeted to a general audience, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College.
MIDDLEBURY — Small business owners and entrepreneurs associated with Vermont’s working lands will gather with capital and service providers in Addison County on Thursday, Nov. 7, for the third annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference. The annual business symposium, which is produced by Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) and Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and features entrepreneur pitches and expert feedback on specific growth challenges, begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Middlebury American Legion.
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding deer hunters that Vermont’s youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons fall on relatively late dates this year. Youth weekend is Nov. 9-10 and rifle season begins on Nov. 16. Both seasons are beginning one weekend later than normal. Muzzleloader season begins on Dec. 7.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cohort of legislators met in the capitol Wednesday in an attempt to find common ground on a new farm bill. But they made no real progress toward resolving differences between the U.S. Senate and House over legislation that covers a range of programs that affect dairy farmers, those who get food assistance and other Vermonters.
SHOREHAM — As anyone in Addison County knows, farming isn’t easy, especially for farmers who are new to the business. But a litany of USDA programs can help farmers get on their feet. In total, the Rural Development division of the USDA pumps $5 million-$10 million annually into Addison County, investing in farms, businesses and communities, according to Ted Brady, state director of the Vermont and New Hampshire Rural Development program of the USDA.
“Together we can make a difference.” That’s one phrase many area residents associate with the United Way of Addison County.
“The Way Addison County cares” is another.
Both are apt reminders of the way the United Way works: It relies on a large group of volunteers to reach out and help people in need. It works with more than two-dozen agencies in Addison County to be sure the human and social needs of people in the county don’t go unmet.