July 7th, 2016
MONTPELIER — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter announced a plan Tuesday that would expand outdoor recreational opportunities in the Green Mountains.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury planning officials are recommending that the town design a master plan for its downtown in order to better coordinate future development in an area that has already undergone the construction of a new municipal building and will face more major changes — a new public park and a disruptive rail bridges project.
It’s a planning process that officials acknowledge could take more than a year and thus could affect the timing of a major economic development project slated for the heart of downtown.
VERGENNES — Because of a change made late in this past legislative session, residential school tax rates in four of five Addison Northwest Unified Union School District (ANwSD) communities will be between about 2.76 and 3.56 cents higher than ANwSD officials’ good-faith estimates.
The exception is Ferrisburgh, where the estimate is now 1.78 cents lower than anticipated, according to Agency of Education figures released on Monday by ANwSD Superintendent JoAn Canning and business manager Tonia Mears.
“Where are you from?” It’s a question so part of the day-to-day that most hardly give it a second thought, but for the subjects of Sandra Button’s book, it is a question that evokes sharp memories not only of hometowns and childhood shenanigans, but also of hunger, fear and death.
MIDDLEBURY — If Middlebury is a stage, Mary Longey is its manager — especially when it comes to elementary school-age children and local theater/opera productions.
MIDDLEBURY — Two-year-old Middlebury business Seedsheet is redefining local foods: Cam MacKugler, founder and CEO of Seedsheet, wants to put a Vermont farm on the properties of homeowners and apartment dwellers across the nation.
The company builds pre-seeded garden sheets to make gardening easier and more accessible for home gardeners. Seedsheet sources its seeds locally to bring Vermont gardens to windowsills, rooftops and backyards across the nation.
RUTLAND — The Board of Aldermen came up just short Tuesday of granting a controversial citywide special election on whether to participate in a refugee resettlement program, but then endorsed a statement withholding the board’s support for taking in refugees, at least until more information is available.
A petition calling for a nonbinding referendum on whether the city should “decline to participate” in the resettlement of Syrian refugees had been signed by more than 5 percent of local voters.
SWANTON, Vt. — A U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) vehicle stop in Alburgh, Vt., and subsequent investigation by the USBP, helped the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) locate a wanted fugitive in Ottawa, Canada on June 30. The suspect was fleeing child pornography charges in Illinois.
CBSA arrested Adrien C. Peters, 23, of South Beloit, Ill., around 2 a.m. at an Ottawa motel. U.S. and Canadian authorities are working to extradite Peters back to Rockford, Ill.