August 18th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — Flowing down lush green mountains in Addison County’s backyard lies a state-of-the-art mountain bike trail that’s just begging to be ridden. In the works for more than three years, this nine-mile loop around Silver Lake and the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is the first of its kind in Vermont: a point-to-point loop that traverses a significant distance of the Green Mountain National Forest.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) last week voted 4-2 on a final recommendation for redrawing boundaries for the Vermont House of Representatives that leaves most Addison County districts the way they are now.
Lawmakers will discuss VAB proposals for the House and Vermont Senate during the 2012 legislative session before voting on a final reapportionment plan.
MIDDLEBURY — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7823 has flown many flags through the years at its Exchange Street headquarters in Middlebury.
NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) last week removed a roadblock for development of a solar energy farm off Route 7 in New Haven.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Planning Commission has finished much of the complex task of rewriting city zoning to conform with the 2009 city plan, a job planners intend to complete in time to hold formal public hearings in November or December.
ADDISON COUNTY — Selectboards in Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro have set 2011-2012 property tax rates that range from a 0.17-cent decrease in Starksboro to a 10.18-cent increase in New Haven.
These property tax rates stem from spending levels previously agreed on by residents at Town Meeting Day for municipal and school services for the current July to June fiscal year.
LEICESTER — It’s been a long process, but Leicester town planners are hoping that the end is in sight for the adoption of a new Leicester Town Plan.
The planning commission is inviting all year-round and summer residents of the town to an open house at the Leicester Town Office on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., where the current draft of the plan will be on display.
BRANDON — After a stellar run of providing classic, well-built construction and sage advice in the Brandon area, a well-known local builder has finally hung up his hard hat.
Jack McKernon, founder of The McKernon Group Inc., has retired from his long time position as owner/CEO of the Brandon-based business. Kevin Birchmore, president of the company and McKernon’s business partner for the last 25 years, has acquired the ownership position of the company and has taken on a partner, Justus Cameron, who is the newly appointed vice president.