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June 25th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday green-lighted their local police department’s proposal to acquire Tasers, a device that officials believe will better enable officers to control aggressive and assaultive suspects without having to resort to deadly force.
“Taser” is the product name for what police refer to as a “Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW)” that uses an electrical charge to disrupt muscle control in a suspect to which it is applied.
MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Peter Welch this past Friday convened a meeting of Vermont’s distillery industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing this growing sector of Vermont’s economy. The Democratic Congressman also visited the Agri-Mark cheese-making plant while in Middlebury.
At the meeting of the distillers at Stonecutter Spirits headquarters off Exchange Street in Middlebury, Welch announced his support for bipartisan legislation to provide tax incentives for Vermont’s distilleries.
BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is beginning the first phase of compliance with a state school merger mandate, with the Brandon-area school boards voting last week to use state funds and form a study group to consider its options.
MIDDLEBURY — The first-ever “Foodaroo” attracted more than 1,000 people to downtown Middlebury this past Sunday to sample unctuous edibles, hear a variety of great music and dance up a storm.
VERGENNES — Starting this week, the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes will house a new exhibit from Vanessa Hampton, a Panton-based artist who uses her work to educate viewers on the experience of migraine attacks and their potential medical implications.
Hampton is the first of four artists featured at the Bixby as part of the Vergennes art walk, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month from June through September.
BRIDPORT — Before he enters his freshman year of college in the fall, Matthew Becker has a busy summer ahead of him. The recent graduate of Middlebury Union High School will spend the workdays helping out in the pro shop at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, collecting balls on the driving range, maintaining and cleaning a fleet of carts and teaching golf at a camp for six- to 11-year-olds.
VERGENNES — As they moved on Tuesday toward a 2.5-cent increase in the city’s municipal tax rate, Vergennes aldermen received good news from City Manager Mel Hawley — the city’s year-end fund balance will be larger than he first expected.
Hawley said some numbers could still move a little bit, but he told aldermen the fund balance — the cash carry-over from the city’s fiscal year, which will end on June 30 — would be enough to allow aldermen to use it to keep the tax rate in check.
MONTPELIER — Opponents of Vermont Gas Systems natural gas pipeline said Tuesday that the expensive project is no longer necessary because technological advances have obviated the need for the product.
The comments came as the Vermont Public Service Board on Monday and Tuesday held technical hearings on whether to revoke the permit it granted to Vermont Gas for a 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury. The hearings were called to reconsider the Phase 1 permits due to significant cost increases.