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July 7th, 2016
VERGENNES — Because of a change made late in this past legislative session, residential school tax rates in four of five Addison Northwest Unified Union School District (ANwSD) communities will be between about 2.76 and 3.56 cents higher than ANwSD officials’ good-faith estimates.
The exception is Ferrisburgh, where the estimate is now 1.78 cents lower than anticipated, according to Agency of Education figures released on Monday by ANwSD Superintendent JoAn Canning and business manager Tonia Mears.
“Where are you from?” It’s a question so part of the day-to-day that most hardly give it a second thought, but for the subjects of Sandra Button’s book, it is a question that evokes sharp memories not only of hometowns and childhood shenanigans, but also of hunger, fear and death.
MIDDLEBURY — If Middlebury is a stage, Mary Longey is its manager — especially when it comes to elementary school-age children and local theater/opera productions.
MIDDLEBURY — Two-year-old Middlebury business Seedsheet is redefining local foods: Cam MacKugler, founder and CEO of Seedsheet, wants to put a Vermont farm on the properties of homeowners and apartment dwellers across the nation.
The company builds pre-seeded garden sheets to make gardening easier and more accessible for home gardeners. Seedsheet sources its seeds locally to bring Vermont gardens to windowsills, rooftops and backyards across the nation.
RUTLAND — The Board of Aldermen came up just short Tuesday of granting a controversial citywide special election on whether to participate in a refugee resettlement program, but then endorsed a statement withholding the board’s support for taking in refugees, at least until more information is available.
A petition calling for a nonbinding referendum on whether the city should “decline to participate” in the resettlement of Syrian refugees had been signed by more than 5 percent of local voters.
SWANTON, Vt. — A U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) vehicle stop in Alburgh, Vt., and subsequent investigation by the USBP, helped the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) locate a wanted fugitive in Ottawa, Canada on June 30. The suspect was fleeing child pornography charges in Illinois.
CBSA arrested Adrien C. Peters, 23, of South Beloit, Ill., around 2 a.m. at an Ottawa motel. U.S. and Canadian authorities are working to extradite Peters back to Rockford, Ill.
HANCOCK — A paving project on Route 125 in Hancock going over the Middlebury Gap will cause disruptions in traffic patterns for the weeks of July 4 and July 11.
The project will begin at mile marker .767 and continue for 6.5 miles. The road will be paved and reclaimed, and elevation deficiencies will be corrected. There will also be guardrail and drainage improvements.
HUBBARDTON — The only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil will be honored at the annual Battle of Hubbardton Revolutionary War Encampment weekend at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site on July 9 and 10. Hundreds of reenactors will gather from all over the Northeast to present this colorful, full-scale history pageant, one of the largest Revolutionary War living history weekends in northern New England.