August 15th, 2016
I’d like to thank the many Middlebury citizens who voted for me in the primary election on Aug. 9. Your vote was important and helped me prevail in a close, two-seat race. The general election will also be a contested race with the same three people running. I hope you will vote for me again on Nov. 8. Thanks again for your support!
BRANDON — State officials say they will use a new pot of federal money to keep an eye out for mosquitos carrying the Zika virus and to educate health care providers who may see people with the tropical disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control this month awarded a $200,000 grant to the state of Vermont to address the threat of the Zika virus. The money will be split between the state Agency of Agriculture and the Department of Health and used to trap and test mosquitos as well as to educate health providers and the public about the virus.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Friday conducted what Chief Tom Hanley said were the “final two interviews” in their investigation of a fight between a citizen and a municipal employee that occurred in the town offices at 77 Main St. on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
NEW HAVEN — In 1948, soon-to-be 100-year-old Lucien Paquette spearheaded a new event to educate the public about new farming technology and techniques. Organizers called it Addison County Fair and Field Days.
Though Paquette has long-since retired from his position as the Addison County agricultural agent for the University of Vermont Extension, the program he worked for, continues its educational mission at Field Days 68 years later.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College officials are poised to build the initial phase of a new public park at 94 Main St., an amenity that will include some play facilities, trees, walkways, benches and a copious number of trees and green space.
Jennifer Murray, Middlebury’s director of planning and zoning, recently green-lighted the new park, which will begin to take shape later this summer.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union has crossed a major hurdle toward district unification under Act 46. The ANeSU Act 46 Study Committee sent its official governance unification proposal to the Agency of Education last Friday, Aug. 5.
If the proposal is accepted by state officials, residence in the five Bristol-area towns that comprise the ANeSU will vote in November on whether to unify governance of their schools under one school board with one budget.
MIDDLEBURY — Owners of the Battell Block confirmed this week they are in discussions with potential buyers for what is the largest, mixed-use commercial property in downtown Middlebury.
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. The plan, titled “Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan,” outlines actions the state must take to reduce phosphorus pollution sources that currently compromise state waters.
The Phase 1 Implementation Plan and additional information on Lake Champlain’s restoration effort is posted online at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/restoring.