June 30th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Regional EMS has decided to resurrect its practice of asking for Town Meeting Day contributions from the 10 towns it serves, money the organization will place in a fund for future capital needs.
Middlebury Regional EMS — once known as the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association — began requesting Town Meeting Day contributions in 1998. The organization used those funds — an average of $25,319 per year — to help solidify its operating budget.
MIDDLEBURY — When June rolls around, Nancie Dunn makes sure her shop is stocked with paintings and cards of Vermont landscapes, and especially locally sourced pottery. That’s because Dunn, who has owned the Sweet Cecily shop in Main Street for the past 27 years, has picked up on trends in business that she can now anticipate as the warmer months approach.
WEYBRIDGE — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is trying to raise $490,000 to buy and permanently conserve a strategic, 101-acre parcel of Middlebury College-owned land located north of Route 23 in Weybridge, property that would be maintained as an important wildlife habitat as well as for farming.
ADDISON COUNTY — Nine members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high school baseball teams and one county resident playing for Rice Memorial earned postseason recognition from their leagues.
Ferrisburgh’s Tim Shea was named a first-team Metro Conference second baseman. Shea, a former Vergennes player, helped Rice win the Division I title.
Two Otter Valley seniors earned Marble Valley League B Division all-star status, outfielder Shane Quenneville and second baseman/pitcher Will Claessens.
ADDISON COUNTY — Three members of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team and one member of the Mount Abraham squad earned postseason honors from the Vermont Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Tiger senior defender Sam Smith was named an All-American as well as a Division I first-team all-state player, while the VLCA named Tiger senior attacker Sam Usilton as a “Green and Gold Outstanding Player of the Year” as well as a second-team D-I all-state player.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on June 23 arrested a town woman for possession of heroin. Just after 11 a.m. that morning, Police stopped Cassandra Fraser-Brown, 23, for failing to signal a turn. During the stop, police said they believed they had probable cause to believe Fraser-Brown was in possession of heroin. Fraser-Brown consented to a search, during which police found needles, sterile water containers, spoons and tourniquets, but no heroin.
Inevitably, violating principles of sustainable spending has both fiscal and political consequences. At its core, sustainable spending requires that growth in government spending reasonably equate to growth in the underlying economy supporting such spending, especially in relatively high tax states like Vermont. In recent years, our state leaders have wandered from these core principles and the consequences, both fiscal and soon political, are now unfolding.
What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.