August 4th, 2011
WALTHAM — Waltham selectmen on Monday pegged the town’s municipal tax rate at 40 cents, a 2-cent hike in the rate to Waltham taxpayers for funding town road and office expenses.
Combined with Waltham’s drop in its residential rate for school taxes — by 14.94 cents to $1.2935 — town homeowners will be looking at lower tax bills over the next year.
BRISTOL — The numbers are in, and this year’s Three-Day Stampede is one for the records.
In its 21st year, Bristol’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund-raiser has generated more than $102,000 in donations, smashing the previous record of $100,000 set in 2009.
“We’re already inching up to the $103,000 mark,” said event co-founder Bonita Bedard. “Donations come in that we don’t expect and we always get a little bit afterwards.”
BRANDON — What do you get when you mix a mother of three who had some sheep with an artistic hat maker in Vermont? Fabulousness, from the grass up.
Sam Stone of Brandon and Nora Swan of Ripton met five years ago when their sons were in the same play group. Two years into their friendship, Swan said she wanted to make something with sheep’s wool and Stone shared an idea she had to make baby booties, along with a book that told the story of each sheep in her small flock.
ADDISON COUNTY — What could be worse than poison parsnip taking over local fields of Queen Anne’s lace?
Possibly the arrival of its big, bad, cousin giant hogweed, which causes second degree burns similar to poison parsnip when its sap comes in contact with one’s skin and the sun.
SHOREHAM — The Vermont Agency of Transportation will soon solicit bids for replacement of the concrete deck on the bridge that spans the Lemon Fair River on Route 74 in Shoreham, a project that’s expected to last more than a month and create some traveling headaches for commuters and businesses.
The 182-foot-long bridge was built in 1939. The concrete piers and deck have show growing signs of wear and tear in recent years, culminating this past winter in a large hole that appeared near the middle of one of the travel lanes.
MIDDLEBURY — One Middlebury institution’s trash may prove to be another facility’s treasure.
Actually, trash is probably too strong a word for the decade-old artificial turf of Middlebury College’s Kohn Field, home of the successful Panther field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams.
Europe’s big cities have declared war on the car. The goal is to make car use increasingly expensive and driving in the city so frustrating that car owners will gladly leave their vehicles at home and take the train to work, to shop or to have a night on the town.
VERMONT — Local administrators are welcoming a move by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign to free up federal funding for fresh, local foods in schools by allowing states to receive cash vouchers from the USDA instead of commodity food.
Laura Collaro, foodservice manager for the Lincoln Community School, said the choices coming from the USDA include many processed foods and things that aren’t necessarily the healthy options for children, including peanut butter with hydrogenated oils and sugar.