July 13th, 2016
FERRISBURGH — A 36-year-old Starksboro man died on Thursday morning, July 7, at the University of Vermont Medical Center as a result of a July 6 swimming incident while trying to rescue his son in the waters of Lake Champlain at Button Bay State Park.
Vermont State Police said Jason Russell died at around 4 a.m.
State police responded to Button Bay State Park at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a call about a boy having trouble swimming.
BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.
In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.
BRANDON — A Rutland Superior Court judge has ordered Brandon dairy farmers William and Robin Hanfield to fix an overflowing manure pit and pay a $24,750 fine for violating Vermont’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.
Last week -- the week when Alton Sterling was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile was fatally shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota -- I had my monthly book club meeting.
Britt Connors and Bourbon Renewal perform at Brandon Music on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — As people who come from low or moderate income backgrounds can attest, being constantly short on cash can itself be the biggest barrier to keeping a steady job. That’s the vicious cycle that the United Way of Addison County is seeking to address through its Working Bridges program.
VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has announced its adjusted fee schedule, which has been approved by the legislature and went into effect July 1, 2016. The new fee schedule is available online at agriculture.vermont.gov/licensing-registration/fees.
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health on July 1 confirmed the year’s first case of human illness due to West Nile virus. The Windsor County resident became ill in mid-June, and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, a more serious form of the illness that affects the nervous system.