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June 23rd, 2011
VERGENNES — Aldermen at their regular meeting Tuesday adopted a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and set a new tax rate; see story, page 1A.
In other business, the city council:
ADDISON COUNTY — A New England nonprofit opposed to nuclear proliferation on Monday warned a group of 40 Addison County residents and legislators about the imminent dangers surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and its possible closure next year.
BRISTOL — Members of the Bristol selectboard set their top-five priorities for the year ahead.
At Monday’s meeting, selectmen said those priorities are, in no particular order:
• Push forward the repair and replacement of three town bridges,
• Conduct a feasibility study for expanding the town’s septic system.
MIDDLEBURY —The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) purchased a used Toyota Prius on March 24 with funds from its regular operating budget. Then, at the end of May, the planning commission went to a third-party provider in Boston called Hymotion to convert the car into a plug-in hybrid using federal stimulus funds.
Essentially, what Hymotion did was take out the spare tire in the trunk and replace it with a rechargeable 5-kWh battery pack. The car is now a hybrid with extra energy storage in the back that is charged using an outlet.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Lions Club at its annual awards night banquet Monday honored four club members and one community member with one of its highest tributes, and bestowed its Lion of the Year award on member Cleon Bigelow.
In a celebration of another year of service to the local and worldwide community, Lion Tom Broughton presented the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowships to Lions Cathy Anderson, Dave Nourse, Donald “Doc” Hunt and Cory Newton, as well as to Mark Perrin, owner of Green Peppers Restaurant.
Hannaford Career Center agribusiness students are raising chickens at the north campus on Exchange St. in Middlebury. The chickens were hatched in fifth grade classrooms at Mary Hogan Elementary School before moving to the HCC. They are being raised in hoop houses built by the construction class at the HCC, which are light enough to be moved daily in order to provide a fresh patch of grass every day. The chickens are now available for pre-order, and will be slaughtered and sold on July 6.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) has drafted a controversial new map that re-draws several Addison County House districts and even splits one local town — Monkton.
The new map, which will set the boundaries for House districts that will be contested in the 2012 election, must be endorsed by the Legislature before it becomes law.
MIDDLEBURY — After a year’s hiatus, the Middlebury Area Community Garden has finally found a new home at Porter Medical Center.
A shake-up last spring at Otter Creek Brewing left the garden homeless — since its founding in the spring of 2009, it had been based on the brewery’s property. It was April when the garden’s steering committee discovered that the space would be unavailable, and by then it was too late to find and prepare another location before the growing season.