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May 24th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — People looking to honor those who have served our country — and listen to marching bands, watch their neighbors’ kids walk together in uniforms, and look at creative floats — this Sunday and Monday will have a half-dozen options around the county.
Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are planned, in chronological order, in Orwell, Middlebury, Brandon, Hancock, Vergennes and Bristol.
Orwell kicks off two days of activities with its 39th annual Sunday afternoon parade, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. and last about 45 minutes.
ORWELL — The look on Alysa Farley’s face was one of serene happiness as she carried a three-week-old lamb named Ernie around the barn at Independence Petting Farm last week.
And Ernie, for his part, was perfectly content.
BRISTOL — Three Mount Abraham Union High School teachers are hoping their students can invent new technology while learning marketable job skills for high-paying industries.
ORWELL — Since this year’s town meeting in Orwell, the selectboard and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) have worked to address traffic safety issues at the intersection of Route 22A and Route 73 in the center of town.
The ongoing issue got a new spark on Town Meeting Day with a lengthy discussion of traffic safety issues at the intersection of the two state roads.
STARKSBORO — Public Health authorities are urging people to be aware that rabid animals have been confirmed in Addison County, and to take precautions when they see an animal that may have rabies.
This comes after a four-and-a-half-year-old boy in Starksboro was treated for rabies after being bitten by a raccoon on his back porch.
HUNTINGTON — For the first time in decades, candidates competing for Addison County’s two state Senate seats will be straying north, rather than south, to pick up extra votes.
That’s because, barring a court challenge, Huntington and Buel’s Gore will soon join Addison County’s senatorial district in place of Brandon, which will return to Rutland County’s voting district. The Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin recently approved these changes as part of the decennial reapportionment process.
That three dozen Bristol residents turned out to the first public hearing held by the selectboard last week to review the town plan bodes well for the process. That most of the audience gave favorable reviews of the proposed plan, and were interested primarily in tweaking a few words and sentences also bodes well for what may be a long-sought consensus.
To be sure, residents found a few things they hope will be changed.
The state legislature’s decision to debate and pass an anti-fracking bill, which Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law last week, is not only good government, it is consistent with the state’s history of being in the forefront of environmental protection efforts.