July 10th, 2014
ADDISON — Although Addison residents say crime in their town has slowed dramatically with alleged serial burglar and town resident Raymond Ritchie behind bars for the past year, the Addison Community Watch remains active, said watch organizer Lorraine Franklin.
“The group is still very much in place,” Franklin said. “If something does happen, we get the word out.”
MIDDLEBURY — Bullrock Corp. has signed an agreement to sell its senior care-related holdings — including the Lodge at Otter Creek retirement community in Middlebury — in what is being called one of the largest private transactions in the state’s history.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison man arrested in July 2013 and accused of committing a rash of burglaries in his hometown and other county communities was back in court on Monday, this time contesting the terms of a plea agreement to which he agreed in April.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems has already spent more than $1.5 million on securing land rights for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, and last week announced it had increased its budget for land acquisitions by more than $1 million.
This increased projected cost is part of a $35.6 million cost hike for the entire project, a bill 40 percent higher than the company told the Public Service Board last February.
SALISBURY — The 25 members of the Salisbury Congregational Church routinely find solace and affirmation in the Bible. And when it comes to their latest effort to repair the steeple of their historic place of worship, Galatians chapter 6, verse 9, must seem particularly a propos:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s population, on average, is aging, and Addison County is being affected almost as much as any of the rural counties.
In the past 10 years, three new senior living facilities opened in Addison County (Armory Lane Senior Housing in Vergennes and Eastview and the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury), indicating an increase in the county’s elderly population. During the same period, high school enrollment dropped to its lowest levels since the early 1990s.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday approved a fiscal year 2015 municipal tax rate of 94 cents per $100 in property value, representing an almost 3-cent bump and a 3-percent increase from the current town rate of just over 91 cents.
When added to education property taxes computed by the state, Middlebury taxpayers will be assessed an overall fiscal year 2015 residential property tax rate of $2.717 per $100 of property value.
That rate is up 8.4 cents from the fiscal year 2014 rate of $2.633, an increase of about 3.2 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — If all goes according to plan, in August of 2015 Middlebury will host the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival — a project that promises to be an exciting addition to Middlebury’s cultural scene as well as a significant opportunity for budding filmmakers across the country.