September 16th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Humane Society (ACHS) is seeking to renovate and expand its Middlebury headquarters at 236 Boardman St. in order to better serve the area’s homeless animals and enhance their prospects for adoption.
The Middlebury Development Review Board on Sept. 27 will review the humane society’s plans, which call for:
• Replacement of a combined total of roughly 1,500 square feet of exterior sheds and outbuildings with a new 2,800-square-foot barn.
• Renovation of the existing 2,700-square-foot main building, erected around two decades ago.
FERRISBURGH — The town of Ferrisburgh has placed on the market the 35-acre parcel it owns at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A, just outside Vergennes, with an asking price of $375,000.
The price might have been higher for an open site with permitted wastewater capacity, level topography, high traffic volume, easy access to rail transportation and frontage on two of the state’s busiest highways.
But despite those pluses the land, zoned industrial with retail uses conditionally permitted, does come with some baggage for potential buyers.
BRANDON — In a recent presentation at the Otter Valley Union High School auditorium, a mother detailed how she dealt with a case of Internet bullying affecting her own daughter. A teenage girl described how a family friend’s daughter killed herself after repeated bullying online.
When politicians say they will cut taxes and give Americans the hard-earned dollars they’ve earned rather than fuel higher government spending, most American voters stand up and cheer — even though that very policy measure is against their personal interests.
FERRISBURGH — In the wake of a new Environmental Court ruling, the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment will almost certainly handle this fall an amended Champlain Oil Co. (COCO) application for a Route 7 gas station, convenience store and fast-food restaurant.
On Sept. 8, Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin made a site visit and then issued a decision that COCO, a South Burlington firm that operates a string of similar facilities, must go back to the ZBA with its proposal to increase the acreage in its application.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team took advantage of early offensive pressure to earn a 2-0 win at Middlebury on Tuesday in a Division II match-up.
The Commodores got the game-winner in the 13th minute from junior Kenadi Dattilio, and early on also hit the post and crossbar and saw Tiger senior back Megan Myers make a goal-line save on a shot by VUHS junior midfielder Lily Haigis.
The Middlebury Union High School football team will play its home opener against Mount Mansfield on Friday night, but the 2-0 Tigers will also close an era.
It’s no secret that longtime announcer Dick Bullock is seriously ill with cancer, to the point he has a checklist of things he would like to accomplish before he checks out.
Bullock has done play-by-play or color work for Tiger football for 33 years in all, many with former partner Ziggy Livingston before Ziggy reached the end zone a few years back.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie’s economic blueprint for the state calls for reducing the state income tax from its current 9 percent to 6 or 7 percent over an undetermined time period — but presumably during the time he is in office, if elected.
Based on conservative estimates, that would mean reducing $200 million of the $600 million — 33 percent — projected to be raised by the state’s income tax in fiscal year 2013.