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May 4th, 2012
VERGENNES — At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, Vergennes officials and residents will take what could be one of the final steps on what has been close to a five-year journey.
Then, in the city fire station’s basement meeting room, aldermen will convene a public hearing on new zoning regulations proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission. A copy of the laws is posted at vergennes.org.
Planners have been working on those zoning laws since Vergennes adopted its award-winning city plan in October 2009.
MONKTON — An intensive search through the night for a Monkton man reported missing Thursday evening ended tragically early Friday morning when authorities found the man dead near a swamp.
Vermont State Police said the circumstances around the death of Ralph Meader, 65, did not appear to be suspicious, though their investigation was continuing.
Police said Meader was dropped off for a nature walk on the east side of Bristol Road near Church Street in Monkton on Thursday, May 3, and was expected back by 5:15 p.m.
A Ferrisburgh fire, which started just before 11 p.m. on Sunday night, burned to the ground the rear of a rambling Route 7 structure and badly damaged the rest of it. The conflagration destroyed many valuable tractors, cars and equipment stored there, and it has forced a marine sales and service business renting a storefront — Eriksen’s Crow’s Nest Marina — to relocate.
BRISTOL — Bristol Elementary sixth-grader Jacob Gorton, son of Jackie and Katie Gorton, last month was diagnosed with leukemia. Since then, the cash-strapped family has received an overwhelming wave of community support.
Family friends are organizing fundraisers, have established a fund to help pay for Gorton’s treatments, and are holding a meeting for anyone interested in supporting Jacob and his family. The meeting is next Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bristol Elementary School library at 6:30 p.m.
FERRISBURGH — A Ferrisburgh fire that started just before 11 o’clock on Sunday night burned to the ground the rear of a rambling Route 7 structure and badly damaged the rest of it. The conflagration destroyed many valuable tractors, cars and equipment stored there, and it is forcing a marine sales and service business renting a storefront — Eriksen’s Crow’s Nest Marina — to relocate.
Plowing through stories to meet looming deadlines is an everyday occurrence for reporters at the Addison Independent and publications across the country.
But, the other week, I emerged from this heavy state of concentration with shoulders stiff as steel sheaths and a back knotted like an old oak tree. Worse yet, I felt like someone had dropped an anvil on my butt.
All in all, I felt downright awful.
While eating dessert the other night, a question occurred to me: When did I forget about “seizing the day”?
This coming Saturday presents the opportunity for a triple crown: throughout the state it is the 42nd annual Green Up Day with all the festivities that entails; it’s also Connect the Dot day, which draws attention to global climate change; and to cap it off, there are many opportunities to help clean up some of the devastation from last summer’s Tropical Storm Irene.