October 10th, 2011
BRISTOL — For years, the Bristol selectboard has resisted the idea of allowing town officials to carry town credit cards, but those days might be over.
Town Clerk and Treasurer Therese Kirby explained to the Independent that officials have long fronted their own money to pay for town expenses while they wait to be reimbursed, but that can’t continue, she said.
When Kirby applied for one town credit card to fix this problem, she found out that was not possible.
VERGENNES — In a Friday game that both sides badly wanted, with a minute to go in regulation it looked like the Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team would snap its five-game winless streak: The host Commodores had rallied to lead Middlebury, 2-1.
But the Tigers were also hungry: At 1-4-3, they had already lost two one-goal games and two others by two goals.
Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public’s court
As legislative committees meet to prepare agendas for the upcoming session, one piece of legislation deserves consideration and the opportunity for a vote. The issue, known as death-with-dignity, is no stranger to House committees over the past two sessions, but has never been brought to a vote of the full body nor has it been introduced in the Senate.
On a table in my house sits what most people, including my entire extended family, find quite bizarre, something they cannot align with what they know of me.
MIDDLEBURY — The Army Corps of Engineers has launched an investigation into the town of Middlebury’s remediation work in the Middlebury River after Tropical Storm Irene. A letter by the Corps dated Sept. 23 notified Town Manager Bill Finger that the town may have violated federal law.
The letter arrived only days before the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued a new set of procedures towns must follow when alerting waterways.
NEW HAVEN — The rapturous sounds of children bicycling carried across the leaf-scattered fields outside New Haven’s Beeman Elementary School last week, where students took advantage of 46 free bikes provided by Local Motion — the Burlington-based nonprofit promoting people-powered transportation — as part of its new Bike Smart Loaner Program.
For some students, it was a fun and insightful week of class with wellness teacher Patty Whittemore, but for others it was groundbreaking.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Aug. 28, while many watched Tropical Storm Irene rushing in on TV, radio or computer, local officials were battling the storm to keep roads open and information streaming.
But as news of the disaster falls from national and local headlines, many of those local officials are still working hard, attending to recovery efforts and evaluating the emergency response procedures carried out in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
ADDISON COUNTY — As frost rolls in over the Champlain Valley, farmers and home gardeners in the county are beginning to take stock of what has been, for many, a disappointing growing season.
“It’s been very, very, very wet,” said Bill Scott, president of the Addison County Farm Bureau.
In fact, as of Sept. 30, preliminary precipitation totals from the National Weather Service this year add up to 44.2 inches in Burlington, making 2011 already the fifth wettest year on record.