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Salisbury looks into farm worker housing

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



SALISBURY — The Salisbury Development Review Board is trying to solve an issue with a local dairy farmer and the housing he provides for his farm workers.

Randy Quesnel owns a dairy farm on Creek Road in West Salisbury and employs a number of farm workers who live on the property. The problem is, Salisbury Zoning Administrator Jon Filion has issued at least two notices of violation to Quesnel for housing the farm workers in inadequate quarters that violate local and state statute.

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Bristol board OK's Eagle Scout project

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — At its Monday meeting, the Bristol selectboard approved a town improvement project in Memorial Park proposed by Eagle Scout Taylor Allred, a senior at Mount Abraham Union High School.

In his project, Allred will clear brush and rebuild a portion of the railing system on the back side of the stream, targeting a specific area where he will replace 16 fence posts that are rotting and unstable.

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Vergennes depot moving to commuter lot

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — About a dozen years after the idea was first floated by a Vermont Agency of Transportation official, the historic, roughly 160-year-old former Vergennes train station will apparently soon be on the move from North Main Street to a site about a quarter-mile north, next to the agency’s Ferrisburgh commuter lot.

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VUHS pegs $6.5 million for facilities

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday agreed to ask voters in November to approve a $6.5 million bond to fund major repairs and upgrades to the school’s building and site.

Most notably, work would include fixing leaky roofing on the classroom wing; making major improvements and safety upgrades to the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria; and installing artificial turf on the school’s varsity soccer and lacrosse field and surrounding it with a track.

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Local physician transitions solo to electronic records

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Maxine Fidler has long quipped about the legibility of her handwriting. Copious examples of it could be found in the individual files maintained for the approximately 200 patients in her growing Middlebury practice, Acorn Natural Medicine PLC.

Well, after nine months of after-hours work, Fidler has translated her scrawl-on-paper into what is becoming the universal language of physicians’ offices and hospitals throughout the state: Typed print and crisp charts securely stored and retrieved through a computer database.

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Hoffer emphasizes honesty, transparency in run for state auditor

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Burlington Democrat Doug Hoffer knows that some Vermont politicians have looked at the state auditor’s job as a stepping stone to higher office.

Hoffer, 61, wants voters to know that he would be more than content to serve as auditor for the rest of his professional career.

“It’s the only job I am interested in,” Hoffer said. “I want it to be the last job I ever have.”

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Career center launches meaty new program

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center next Tuesday will launch a new program aimed at beefing up the state’s meat processing industry.

The Oct. 2 launch comes as the developers of a proposed new meat processing facility slated for Middlebury’s industrial park acknowledged a delay in construction. But said they are confident they will break ground on the new facility before the end of the year.

That facility is to provide one of the training grounds for the career center students.

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VUHS students talk peace and tolerance

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Sept. 21, Vergennes Union High School students, staff members and some area residents for the eighth time celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace, which the U.N. designated in 2001 to be on Sept. 21 every year.

For the past eight years, VUHS students — with the approval and support of the school’s administration — have organized a school-wide assembly on the school’s front lawn to support peace around the world, in their communities, at the school and in their lives.

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Bristol officer, driver tussle at traffic stop

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — A verbal argument between a Bristol police officer and Bristol resident David Cobb escalated to physical violence last Sunday, after Officer Josh Otey pulled over the car Cobb was driving for making an improper right-hand turn.

According to Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, Cobb questioned the officer about why he had been stopped and failed to produce a driver’s license. The two argued, and Cobb attempted to get out of his car, Gibbs recounted; when the car door opened, it struck the police officer.

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ACSU sets agenda for superintendent search

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee will formally re-boot the search for a new Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) superintendent next month, in hopes of interviewing and hiring a finalist by early next year.

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