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March 21st, 2012
MONTPELIER — As a result of unusually warm and dry weather, lack of snow and projected weather forecast over the next few weeks the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets in agreement with the Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, is lifting the winter spreading ban that normally is in place until April 1st.
According to Secretary Chuck Ross, “I am lifting the ban because I believe it will help farmers best manage their manure resources and is in the best interests of Vermont’s waterways.”
BURLINGTON — Late Friday the Office of the I.S. Attorney in Vermont said that an Addison man who had gained prominence as a storyteller was involved in fraud that bilked potentially millions of dollars from investors in the “Birth of Innocence” film project.
George Till represents the town of Jericho. He is a Democrat by choice and a doctor by trade. Presumably, he thought his professional background would be an asset as the Legislature dealt with health care reform and its many variants.
He is experiencing, first-hand, the frustration that results from a commonsense objective being thwarted by the politics of money and the difficulty of individuals assuming responsibility for their own health.
BARRE — After watching the No. 2 Hartford Hurricanes knock off her top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team in Saturday’s Division II final, 48-35, in the Barre Auditorium, Eagle Coach Connie LaRose summed up her impression of the winners.
“They are big. They are tough,” she said.
Led by six-foot-one-inch senior center Sara Illingworth’s 13 points and 17 rebounds, the 19-5 Hurricanes — with three other starters listed at five-foot-ten — had just outrebounded the Eagles by 46-23.
VERGENNES/MIDDLEBURY — At meetings in Vergennes and Middlebury last week, Vermont Gas representatives updated the public on a plan to bring a natural gas pipeline to those locales by the fall of 2015.
Don Gilbert, Vermont Gas president, said the project would bring to Addison County an energy source that is cheaper and cleaner than oil or propane. The company already provides natural gas — which can power stoves and heating and cooling systems — to more than 40,000 customers in Chittenden and Franklin counties.
FERRISBURGH — More than a decade after Rokeby Museum officials first envisioned the concept, workers have broken ground there on a visitors’ center that will house an exhibit on the Ferrisburgh historic site’s pivotal roles in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement.
If the weather continues to cooperate with general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders if Brandon, the roughly $1.4 million Rokeby Museum Underground Railroad Education Center will be finished by August.
COLCHESTER — Last Wednesday afternoon, 34 students from across the state gathered at St. Michael’s College to compete for a chance to represent Vermont at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And although 34 students — ages 7-15 — were present at the state bee, only 33 schools were represented.
Two of this year’s spellers came from the same school: Middlebury Union Middle School (MUMS).
MONKTON — With four pressure-treated benches, some recycling bins and a creative scoring system on Bristol’s tennis courts, 16-year-old Justin Kimball recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout and fulfilled a family tradition.
Only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts receive the highest rank, but Justin follows three older brothers in the achievement. Justin’s cousin and grandfather are also Eagle Scouts.