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By the way for Jul. 25

The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, July 25, is slated to review revised plans for a 7,545-square-foot Dollar General store to be built on a 1-acre parcel on the east side of Route 22A. The ZBA gave a conditional approval to the store plan — submitted by Shoreham BTS Retail LLC — back on March 17. But Shoreham officials explained the plan must undergo another review in light of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s requirement that developers shift the proposed store driveway from the southern end of the lot to the northern end. The ZBA meeting is slated for 6 p.m. at the Shoreham town offices.
With the Addison County Fair and Field Days just around the corner in August, many regular readers of the Independent may be expecting to see the official Field Days program in this edition. Stop looking — we are publishing the program in next Monday’s edition. Look for the hour-by-hour schedule of events for the Aug. 6-10 fair in our program, plus information on what special entertainment is lined up, plus features on different things that you can experience there. We’re looking forward to Field Days, and if you are too then check out the program in our July 29 edition.
The Jerusalem Community Center Committee is hard at work planning for replacement of Fire Department Station No. 2 and renovation of the Jerusalem Schoolhouse. One of its tasks was to survey Starksboro residents. The Community Survey was mailed to all Starksboro households and may be completed on paper or online by July 31. The town office and library have surveys available, and it can also be accessed at online at surveymonkey.com/r/StarksboroCommunitySurvey.
Bad news for those planning to attend the preconcert talk with Larry Hamberlin before the Omer String Quarter performance in Rochester on Aug. 2 — the talk was cancelled. A listing in the calendar in today’s Arts + Leisure section includes the talk; unfortunately we got the news of the cancellation after that section was printed. The concert will still take place.
There’s still time to change a life this summer through the Fresh Air Fund, through which volunteer families in rural communities host children from New York City’s underserved neighborhoods. It’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of inner-city children through experiences they might otherwise never enjoy. Many Fresh Air Fund children, ages 9-13, are registered and waiting to hear that a host family would like to open their home from Aug. 12-22. A bus will stop in Vergennes and South Burlington to bring the children to Vermont. All you need is an extra bed and some love to share with a child. For more information, contact Marion Sullivan at 802-877-3028, or log on to freshair.org.
The 5-Town area Meals on Wheels program still urgently needs additional volunteers. The schedule for August was just issued and there are 12 slots on that schedule needing to be filled, according to volunteer Jim Peabody. The Meals On Wheels program delivers a good nutritious meal each weekday at noon to people in Bristol, Lincoln, New Haven, Monkton and Starksboro. Most recipients are elderly but there are others that, for one reason or another, need this service. The program is free to some, but many people pay for their meals. A secondary benefit of the program (but an important one) is that it provides at least one visit a day to many elderly and/or disabled people. Administered by Age Well, this service is constantly in need of additional volunteers. Helpers pick up the meals at the American Legion building in Bristol around 11 a.m. and spend the next 60-90 minutes delivering meals along an assigned route. For more information or to help out, call Christine Czarny at 802-662-5254.
A reminder to Middlebury taxpayers: In 2019, town meeting voters approved payment of property taxes in two installments, instead of the customary three, due to the timing of the town-wide reappraisal. As a result, taxpayers will receive their bills in the mail by Sept. 15, and property tax payments will be due by close-of-business on Oct. 15, 2019, and March 15, 2020. This change applies only to the current fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

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