August 25th, 2015
“It only gets really hot in Vermont for about one week every summer.”
That’s what we tell ourselves here in order to make ourselves feel better about Vermont’s widespread lack of central air conditioning.
SALISBURY— After closing the beach at Branbury State Park in Salisbury last Friday due to an outbreak of stomach illness, state officials reopened the beach on Monday saying the danger had passed.
Vermont State Parks officials closed the beach on Friday, Aug. 21, due to a suspected norovirus outbreak. The Vermont Department of Health as of Monday was still waiting for lab results to confirm the source of the illness.
BRANDON — A Brandon man was jailed on drug charges Wednesday evening after Brandon police searched his home and found bundles of heroin ready for sale and more than $1,000 in cash.
Richard J. Waite, 40, was due today to answer charges of trafficking heroin (in excess of 3.5 grams) and cultivating marijuana.
MONKTON — The wildlife tunnels that construction workers this week are beginning to build under Vergennes-Monkton Road are not your typical Vermont Agency of Transportation culvert project.
The low-slung tunnels will enable amphibians to migrate between their habitat in Huizenga Swamp and in the forests of Hogback Mountain without the life-threatening danger of crossing the busy highway.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union is kicking off the 2015-2016 academic year with a first-ever strategic plan and the organization of a committee that will help the Middlebury-area school district comply with a new state directive to form a single school board that would have oversight over a single education budget for what would be a consolidated K-12 district.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Back-to-School Shop — as we now know it — will be closing this summer. But families needing low-cost school supplies for their children can take heart in the fact that the United Way of Addison County (UWAC), public school officials and organizers of the original shop are joining forces to make sure the flow of free- and low-cost supplies will not stop for those who require them.
MONKTON — How do you get slow-moving salamanders across a busy road without becoming roadkill? Ten years of grassroots effort will finally come to fruition this week when work begins on two wildlife culverts that will link migrating salamanders, newts, frogs and toads with critical habitat.
MIDDLEBURY — Franklin Dean-Farrar is taking a stand for the future health of the American office worker.
Well, he’s not actually taking a stand, as opposed to making one, to support laptop computers in a manner that will allow workers the more back-friendly option of typing while standing instead while seated.