BRISTOL — Bristol residents in the village police district voted down the proposed $378,806 police department spending plan for fiscal year 2011 in a narrow 15-14 paper ballot vote on Monday, May 24. At a meeting of the police district, those opposed to the budget cited the rapidly rising cost of supporting the department as their chief concern.
The proposed 2010-2011 budget would have meant a 12.5 percent hike in the amount to be raised by taxes if residents had approved the budget.
NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and more than 70 community members banded together to conserve nearly 200 acres in the northwest corner of Bristol, finalizing a conservation easement for Jason and Nina Bacon’s property on May 21.
The new easement, which is held by Fish and Wildlife, will preserve in perpetuity 194 acres adjacent the Waterworks park on Plank Street. The land will be open for non-vehicular recreation, and the easement now protects valuable maternity colonies for Vermont’s only federally endangered mammal, the Indiana bat.
As the success of British Petroleum’s most recent ploy to stop the flow of oil gushing into the Gulf Coast remains in doubt and the volume of the oil spill far greater than originally estimated, the political fall-out is predictable — and necessary.
MIDDLEBURY — Athletes from Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools won events at a meet hosted by the MUHS team on Wednesday at Middlebury College.
In all, athletes from 13 teams attended the event, which MUHS coach Bill Edson decided to call “The Last Chance Meet” because it is the last meet of the regular season before this weekend’s formal state qualifying meet at Essex, and consequently the last chance to qualify for the postseason.
Edson said the college track was also a lure.
As a child I wanted swordfish and artichokes for my birthday dinner. I can’t imagine what came over me to ask for swordfish, but I still crave artichokes every spring the way my mother fixed them: steamed whole, upside down. Perhaps I loved them because they were expensive and made their appearance in northern New England groceries so briefly. Perhaps I loved that they came all the way from California.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Democrat Spencer Putnam confirmed on Tuesday he will make his second bid for the Vermont House in a campaign that will emphasize “sustainability” — a word he will use often in conjunction with the economy, agriculture, health care and energy.
Putnam, 64, a veteran member and officer of the Addison County Democratic Committee and longtime businessman, is hoping to replace current Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven, in the Addison-5 House district that includes Weybridge, New Haven and Bridport.
MIDDLEBURY — Tenor Matt Morgan and baritone Andrew Cummings, in t-shirts and blue jeans, paced the rehearsal space on the ground floor of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater last week. The two New Yorkers were all smiles until their accompanist started up, and then they snapped into character — goodbye, Middlebury, hello, Ceylon.
ADDISON COUNTY — From a respectful color guard marching in Hancock to a two-mile-long extravaganza in Vergennes, local parades will run the gamut this Memorial Day weekend.
And, as befits a holiday established to recognize Americans’ forbearers who gave their lives in service to the country, there will also be plenty of men and women in uniform and expressions of thanks for their service.