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July 16th, 2013
FERRISBURGH — Howard Coffin, Vermont’s premier Civil War historian, will be at Rokeby Museum on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. to celebrate his new book, “Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont.” Coffin will shar4e stories from among the hundreds he collected from more than 200 Vermont towns.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Area Lions Club will hold its annual live charity auction on Wednesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. at Vergennes Union High School. The auction raises money for the club’s many projects in the Vergennes-Bristol area. The club is again soliciting items from area merchants and individuals in the form of goods, services and/or gift certificates. Each Lion has also been asked to contribute one new item to the auction.
MIDDLEBURY — Several area businesses will be teaming up to raise money for the Middlebury Fire Department the weekend of July 19-20 as part of a fundraiser in honor of former firefighter Adam Myers.
Myers was a dedicated member of the Middlebury Fire Department until his tragic death in a car accident on July 20, 2011. He left behind a loving wife, two sons and many more friends and family along with a legacy of community service.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Congress late last week that the proposed $52 billion in cuts to the military as a result of sequestation would wreak havoc on the armed services and weaken the nation’s military readiness. It was a plea that grabbed 15 minutes of airtime, then faded almost as fast. Why?
This week’s writer is Jake Brown, the communications/government affairs director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
The recent climate action plan laid out by President Obama demonstrates bold leadership. It could chart a clear path forward on energy and climate action for our country, and the world.
This speech, while overdue, is an important challenge to America: If we harness our collective ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit we can turn a potential crisis into opportunity. It is a very positive step.
MIDDLEBURY — The town should step back and consider long-term community needs — including those of the Ilsley Library and downtown parking — before seriously considering ceding public property to Middlebury College in exchange for $5.5 million toward a new, relocated municipal building and a gym.
BRANDON — Brandon has a budget. Voters went back to the polls for a fourth time on Tuesday and the ayes had it, 516-399.
The latest version of the municipal budget asked voters to approve a $3,147,634 spending plan, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That amount represents a $84,084, or 3.7 percent, increase in spending over the current budget. Now that it’s approved, the tax rate will increase to 71.27 cents per $100 of property value, an increase of 2.49 cents over the current rate of 68.78 cents.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on animal cruelty in the area and how officials and the general public react to it. Click to read Part 2 and Part 3.