MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is planning state-mandated improvements to a prominent rail crossing along the Trail Around Middlebury, upgrades intended to make the increasingly popular path safer for walkers, runners and cyclists.
VERMONT —U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits should they be interested in a five-dollar tree for the holidays. This year, all fourth graders can take advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative and get a free Christmas tree voucher found here: www.everykidinapark.gov.
BRISTOL — With the passage on Nov. 8 of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union plan to consolidate governance and budgeting as described in Act 46, a new Supervisory District board is forming. Bristol is allotted five seats to this new board; currently only two are filled.
The Bristol School Board is seeking volunteers who are committed to and passionate about the direction of the five-town schools to step forward and apply to fill those last three spots for Bristol residents on the new ANESD board.
NEW HAVEN — The current preliminary draft of the 2017 New Haven town budget includes a wage increase of at least 3 percent for all town employees.
At its Nov. 15 meeting, the selectboard discussed and voted on additional wage changes for town employees:
• Town clerk, town treasurer, 5 percent increase.
• Zoning administrator, 6 percent increase.
• Zoning administrator’s assistant, 5 percent increase.
• Full-time road crew workers, 5 percent increase.
ADDISON — What could be the final public hearing on a proposed new Addison Town Plan will be held by the Addison selectboard on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town clerk’s office.
The plan could lay the groundwork for new zoning laws that would allow for smaller lots in the town’s biggest zoning district, and create permanent regulations at the town level on solar arrays and wind turbines. The town now has interim regulations on the siting of solar arrays that the selectboard adopted in July.
VERGENNES — Citizens and visitors to Vergennes can eat breakfast with Santa Claus, take part in the Bixby Library silent auction, shop at city merchants and at an annual holiday craft fair and generally get in the holiday spirit this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, when the Little City hosts its annual Holiday Stroll.
The full day of activities will kick off when Santa pops up at the Vergennes Union High School cafeteria at a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in an event sponsored by VUHS students and Friends of Music.
BRISTOL — “Weaving God’s Love Across Cultures” is the slogan of the Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries in Lexington, Mass. Each year the ladies of the First Baptist Church of Bristol collect items for the American Baptist Association of N.H. and Vt. for the White Cross projects to share in spreading God’s love. These often go to help those overseas.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of a steer from a cattle farm on River Road in New Haven.
The farmer on Nov. 28 reported that he is unsure who would have stolen the male bovine, which is black with a white face and of a breed known as “Black Baldy.” He told the trooper that it was a very tame animal, and anyone with a handful of feed could have lured it way from its enclosure.