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August 17th, 2015
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish & Wildlife has hired a new biologist, Nicholas Fortin, to lead the state’s deer management program.
Fortin is currently conducting disease research for both the Washington and Idaho Departments of Fish and Wildlife. He will start work in Vermont on Sept. 14. Fortin has previously done research and assisted in management of moose and deer in New Hampshire, mule deer and moose habitat in Wyoming, and deer wintering areas in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
BURLINGTON — Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power today are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection if they do not pay immediately.
In a new wave of calls on Friday, BED customers received calls claiming to be from GMP and giving the customer a fake toll-free number to call, which is answered by a recording claiming to be Green Mountain Power.
BRISTOL — Bristol resident Allison Sturtevant has a head for numbers, and that, in part, helped her win selection to replace a Bristol member of the Mount Abraham Union High School Board who had resigned mid-term.
Sturtevant, appointed by the Bristol Elementary School Board on Monday, will join Mount Abe board members Doug DeWitt, Carol Eldridge, Alicia Kurth and Kris Pearsall in representing Bristol on the 13-member school board, which represents all five towns in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents voted to keep town meeting as the forum for ratifying the Robinson Elementary School budget, instead of changing to Australian ballot.
More than 100 persons attended the Aug. 4 special town meeting at Robinson Elementary, which came about after some residents were upset over the way the school spending plan was increased at the town meeting on Feb. 28. Petitioners sought to have future school budgets approved by day-long balloting at voting booths.
NEW HAVEN — Buoyed by great weather, improved amenities and a veritable smorgasbord of exhibits, displays, food and carnival rides, organizers of Addison County Fair and Field Days hailed the 2015 edition of the annual event as the best ever.
BRANDON — In today’s more secular society, driving through a picturesque small Vermont town and seeing a large, red banner that says simply “Prayer” in the local park might give one pause. They might think some out-of-towners were exercising their freedom of religion, but choose to steer clear. But they would be wrong.
“We’re there to reach out to the community for prayer with people,” said Richard Brosse, a member of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church in Brandon. “No pressure, just friendly ministry.”
SALISBURY/LEICESTER — One of the two 5-week-old loon chicks being raised on Lake Dunmore was found with a badly broken leg on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 1.
The Cruz family on the east shore called local loon monitor, Mike Korkuc and his wife, Rosie, who rescued the chick and transported it to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) rehabilitation center in Woodstock, where it was evaluated and euthanized. The VINS staff stated the injury was from a boat propeller.
BRISTOL — Most Bristol homeowners will see their property taxes rise less than 1 percent this year.
The Bristol selectboard on Monday approved a fiscal year 2016 residential property tax rate of $2.3471 per $100 in property value, an increase of roughly one and a half cents, or 0.68 percent, from the current rate of $2.3312 for FY 2015.
The new rate translates into a property tax increase of around $31.80 on a $200,000 home. The nonresidential tax rate increased by three and a half cents to $2.3101 per $100 in property value.