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February 16th, 2017
BRISTOL — The coyote hunting contest scheduled for this past weekend by a Bristol man came off as planned. Plenty of protesters showed up, as well as almost three dozen hunters.
The only thing missing was a plentitude of coyotes.
Todd Baldwin, organizer of the “Wile E. Coyote Hunt 2017,” said the results were “not good”; only four coyote carcasses were turned in from a total of 35 registered hunters. Two of the coyotes were bagged in Rutland County, one in Panton and one in Starksboro; the largest was 42 pounds.
MIDDLEBURY — Dick Thodal has spent that past 28 years behind a video camera, giving area residents a chance to star in their own talk shows, comedy segments, cultural programs and political theater — all broadcast on Middlebury Community Television (MCTV) Channel 15.
Now Thodal, 69, will soon get a chance to headline his own reality show: His much-deserved retirement, and there won’t be any cameras rolling.
ORWELL — State police in Vermont and New York on Wednesday recovered the body of a man in Lake Champlain that could be one of two Vermont men who went missing after their snowmobiles plunged into Lake Champlain last Thursday.
The body of the man was being taken to the New York State Medical Examiner in Albany for positive identification, Vermont State Police reported early Wednesday evening.
PANTON — Green Mountain Power’s town-wide effort in Panton to make town buildings more energy efficient and to help residents and business owners’ properties with energy audits has not gone as smoothly as GMP or town officials had hoped.
But both parties remain optimistic about the long-term success of the six-month-old project known as “eVolve Panton.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police believe they have pinpointed the source of some phony $100 bills passed at three local businesses on Feb. 10.
Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher said the bills in question are of the same size and coloring of a real $100 banknote, but are clearly marked as being non-negotiable. The words “For motion picture use only,” in capital letters, appear to the right of the depiction of Benjamin Franklin, as well as across the top of the back of the note.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will probably vote as soon as this spring whether to approve the town’s first charter, one that would give the Ferrisburgh selectboard the power to appoint the town’s clerk and treasurer.
Elected officers now fill those positions, and selectboard members have not been pleased with the town treasurer’s job performance, but have said they have little recourse to deal with the issue because of his elected status.
VERMONT — Vermont’s Renter Rebate Program refunds to eligible renters the portion of rent paid that exceeds an established percentage for household income.
So, if your household income is $0-$9,999, you can get a refund if your rent exceeds 2 percent of your income; if your household income is $10,000-$24,999, the refund kicks in for rent over 4.5 percent of income; and if your household income is $25,000-$47,000, the refund is for rent over 5 percent of your income.
MIDDLEBURY — A new organization forming in the state, Green Burial Vermont, will host an informational meeting on Monday, Feb. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. The short documentary video, “Dying Green,” will be shown, followed by a brief talk by Michelle Acciavatti, coauthor with the Calais Cemetery Commission of House Bill 3, currently under consideration in the Vermont Legislature.