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April 6th, 2015
VERGENNES — The Lake Champlain Committee recently received an $8,280 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Ecosystem Restoration Program to fund a study of needed design modifications for a stormwater pond in the Crosby Farms neighborhood of Vergennes.
The city will contribute $2,800 in matching funds, according to City Manager Mel Hawley.
The stormwater pond has been identified as needing remediation in the Vergennes Municipal Plan and by a Vermont DEC stormwater mapping project.
VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library will host the first of eight weekly meetings of a new session of workshops for aspiring dramatic writers on Monday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context will take place April 13-17. Supported with generous funds from the Gensler family, this annual conference is part of the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and this year will be co-sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity at Middlebury College. An exciting week of events with speakers and films is planned, culminating in a full-day conference on April 17. The conference is open to all.
BRISTOL — Comedian Rusty Dewees will visit Bristol on April 11 for a show to benefit a young woman in need of a double lung transplant.
Dewees will perform at Mount Abraham Union High School at 7 p.m. that Saturday evening.
Proceeds from the show will support Mount Abe alumna and Bristol resident Kate Heffernan, who has cystic fibrosis and is on the lung transplant waiting list. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased through www.lungsforkate.com.
VERGENNES — One hundred-forty-four respondents to a Vergennes recreation survey showed strong support overall for parks and recreation, picked music and “overall wellness” as their top priorities for programming, and backed creating a part-time recreation director position.
The Vergennes City Council plans to use the survey and feedback at upcoming public meetings to help it decide how to spend recreation funds, and how much to spend, when it sits down to create the city’s next annual budget.
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in Addison County and across Vermont are weathering a significant decrease in the wholesale price of bulk milk, a trend that shows no sign of reversing.
And what a difference a year can make. The price per hundredweight of milk peaked last year in New England at more than $25, an all-time record. This month farmers expect to be paid about $16 per hundredweight, or cwt, a unit of measure that equals about 11 gallons.
MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board on Thursday evening warned for voter consideration a new spending proposal that shifts resources within the school without increasing the size of the budget.
The sum of the proposal, around $2.82 million, is $200 less than the version voters rejected on Town Meeting Day by a tally of 231 to 178.
If passed, the budget would represent a 9.3 percent spending increase over the present fiscal year. The new vote will be Tuesday, April 14.