May 24th, 2010
BRISTOL — Bristol residents are counting down the weeks to the latest chapter of a years-long fight over a proposed 26-acre gravel pit off Rounds Road. A hearing slated for June 28 will determine whether the contentious pit conforms with Act 250, the state’s Land Use and Development Act.
But now some opponents of the pit are crying foul after local Act 250 commissioners in the Addison County district handed the case off to commissioners from the neighboring Rutland County board.
BRISTOL — Bristol is one of 12 towns in line to receive a slice of $3.8 million to strengthen Internet access in Vermont, and community leaders are hopeful the landfall “e-Vermont” grant could boost civic engagement and e-commerce while providing computers and Internet access to senior citizens and economically disadvantaged families.
MONTPLIER — Area lawmakers cited advances in health care legislation; funding for the Champlain Bridge along with loans for businesses affected by its closure; and preservation of the Addison County Probate Court system as among several local victories scored during a money-strapped 2010 legislative session.
“I think that overall, this was a very successful session based on the circumstances in which we worked,” said Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport.
“When money is in short supply, it dominates the entire session.”
MIDDLEBURY — It’s an image that evokes an earlier time: a solitary Vermonter in a flat-bottomed wooden boat, poling through a flooded marshland and pulling muskrats out of traps.
Though the art of building the fur-trapping boat has been all but lost in the past half-century, last fall Vergennes boat builder Douglas Brooks and Middlebury College students Renee Igo, Christian Woodard and Ben Meader embarked on a journey to rediscover — and recreate — that tradition.
ADDISON COUNTY — State and local trash handlers are sizing up a new “e-recycling law” that will soon prohibit them from putting unwanted electronic equipment in landfills while establishing new drop-off centers for some of that material to be recycled.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents in the village police district could see a 12.5 percent hike in the amount to be raised by taxes if the police department’s spending plan is approved on Monday.
The proposed $378,806 police district budget for 2010-2011 is slated for a vote on May 24 at a 7 p.m. meeting at the Bristol Hub Teen Center, where residents will also discuss the town’s water and sewer budgets for the coming fiscal year.
MIDDLEBURY — Gene Childers, 66, has been marching to his own tune since he was six years old.
Students in the region have been following Childers’ marching orders for more than four decades during his long career as a music instructor and band director, the past 22 years of which have been spent at Middlebury Union Middle School.
GOSHEN — Tensions ran high at a meeting of the Goshen Planning Commission on Monday night, where efforts to compile information for an update to the town plan became a continuation of an earlier debate about the future of one of the more prominent pieces of property in the tiny mountain town.