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Leicester joins invasive species fight

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



LEICESTER — The town of Leicester has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help control invasive species on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, located in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury. The control program is coordinated and operated by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.

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Dunmore, Fern Lake group looks to stay ahead of pesky milfoil

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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LEICESTER — Faced with the relentless encroachment of milfoil and unpredictable financial assistance from the state to battle that problem, the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association (LDFLA) is seeking to raise at least $1.725 million to permanently endow the ongoing effort to clear nuisance aquatic weeds from the two bodies of water.

“This would provide the nucleus of a successful program today, and into the future,” LDFLA Treasurer Jay Michael said on Monday of that new campaign, called “Lakes Alive — Now and Forever.”

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West Nile Virus found in Leicester

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health has announced that West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes collected on July 10 from a trap in Leicester. This is the first detection of West Nile virus this year in Vermont.

Eastern equine encephalitis virus has not been detected so far in 2013.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and three people became ill with the infection in 2012.

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Mosquito spraying and fish kill are likely unrelated, state says

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



LEICESTER — A fish die-off in Fern Lake earlier this month has gotten some publicity thanks to one resident’s theory that mosquito pesticide is to blame, but there is no proof of that, yet.

State and local agriculture, fish and wildlife, and mosquito control officials believe the June 4 die-off of several different species of fish in Fern Lake was caused by unusually warm spring weather.

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Returning student learns the value of a high school diploma

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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LEICESTER — Daryle Stone didn’t have much use for school — or at least that’s what he thought 14 years ago as an Otter Valley Union High School freshman.

He wasn’t learning things as easily as his classmates, some of whom teased him for being “slow.”

“I’m the type of person if you made fun of me, there was a confrontation,” Stone, now 28,  recalled.

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Women arrested for sale of heroin in Leicester

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes Police Department, in joint operations with the Bristol Police Department, recently conducted undercover purchases of heroin from two women in Addison County.

Both women — Jolee A. Ladd, 39, and Carrie A. Chappell, 43, — on May 22 were subsequently arrested during the execution of a search warrant by the Vergennes, Bristol and Vermont State police and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department at their home at 1454 Fern Lake Road in Leicester.

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Leicester OKs school budget on second try

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



LEICESTER — Leicester residents on Tuesday voted 68 to 61 in favor of a slightly scaled-back version of the 2013-2014 elementary school budget of $1,127,521 that they had defeated on Town Meeting Day.

The new spending plan of $1,117,640 reflected $9,881 in cuts, resulting in a 5.4-percent increase compared to this year. Cuts made by the Leicester Central School board included around $2,140 in health insurance-related expenses, $2,758 less in compensation for the school nurse position, and a $5,000 reduction in administrative salaries.

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Leicester schedules revote on school budget for Tuesday, April 9

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



LEICESTER — Residents here will return to the polls on Tuesday, April 9, to vote on a revised spending plan for the Leicester School District.

The school board is proposing a revised budget of $1,117,640 for fiscal year 2013-14. That represents a spending increase of $56,982, or 5.4 percent, over the $1,060,658 budgeted for the current year.

The board’s first offering was rejected by voters on Town Meeting Day by eight votes, 73-65. That $1,127,521 spending plan would have raised the budget by $66,863, or 6.3 percent.

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Leicester to see more students, higher tax rate

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



LEICESTER — Unlike Otter Valley Union High School, which lost 13 students compared to the prior year, falling enrollment is not an issue at the Leicester Central  School, which grew by 13 students — yet, oddly, costs are still up at the elementary school.

According to Leicester School board member Connie Carroll, current enrollment at the school stands at 71 students, up from 58 students last year. Carroll said they expect 74 students next year.

“We’re projecting a 20 percent increase over the next three years,” she said.

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Fire strikes home on Lake Dunmore while owners away

Posted on January 7, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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LEICESTER — Vermont State Police are investigating the source of a fire that caused extensive damage to a home on the shores of Lake Dunmore in Leicester last Thursday morning.

Brandon and Pittsford fire departments responded at a little after 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 to a residential structure fire at 236 Sage Court. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The Rutland Herald reported that homeowners Jeff and Cheryl McDonough were away on vacation.

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