WVTK Local & State News – September 11, 2017

One of Vermont’s largest and most iconic dairy farms is facing an uncertain future after filing for bankruptcy protection.  Nordic Farms in Charlotte says it has over two-million-dollars in debts and around one-million-dollars in assets.  The company filed for Chapter Seven bankruptcy protection last month.  Chapter Seven bankruptcy protection doesn’t call for reorganization, it’s a plan to liquidate all company assets to satisfy creditors.


Rutland police have arrested a man they say threatened his girlfriend with a gun.  Police were called to the area of South Main Street and Hopkins Street around 1:30pm yesterday afternoon.  Police arrested 30-year-old William Fuel.  Officers say they searched Fuel’s home and found what appeared to be heroin, guns, illegal narcotics, cash and drug paraphernalia.  Fuel faces drug charges and a domestic assault charge.  He was taken to Marble Valley Regional Correctional facility and was held on $50,000 bail.


Construction starts this week on Route 116.  Crews will be repaving the stretch from Starksboro to the Route 7 intersection.  The entire project will start this week and end next year.  Workers from Pike Instustries will focus on paving two layers of new pavement, cleaning the ditch lines, and installing new guardrails on the 6.5-mile stretch from south of Robinson School in Starksboro to the just outside of Bristol village near the Lord’s Prayer Rock.  Then they will pause for the winter and resume construction in the spring on the rest of Route 116.  


The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will present a timely program on a new law in New York state.  The program, “Paid Family Medical Leave Seminar – Managing Leave Time,” will be held on Monday, Nov. 6 from 2 to 4pm at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office.  On January 1, 2018, New York companies, businesses and not-for-profits will be required to provide paid family leave to all their employees, regardless of the size of the employer.  The paid family leave is in addition to existing employer requirements for family medical leave, short-term disability leave and worker’s compensation.


The Bristol Selectboard meets tonight at 7 o’clock at Holley Hall.  On the agenda tonight is a request to hold a 5K on Harvest Ave.  They will also motion to award electrical work on the Town Green.  Before the meeting, the selectboard will have an executive session starting at 6 o’clock to interview candidates for Zoning Administrator.