WVTK Local & State News – November 9, 2017

The Middlebury Selectboard will hold a Public Hearing next Tuesday Night at 7:30 in the Large Conference Room of the Town Offices.  During the Public Hearing, the selectboard will be taking public testimony on the proposed renewal of the Downtown Improvement District Ordinance and extension of the seven-year levy period to June 30, 2024.  The Ordinance establishes a special assessment district for the downtown improvements and provides additional taxing authority to the Selectboard.   Copies of the proposed Downtown Improvement District Ordinance may be obtained at the Town Offices, at the Ilsley Library, and on the Town’s website.  


The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid chain reaction crashes at high speeds.  During the winter, the agency now issues advisories and warnings involving storms that can last for a day or two over a wide area.  Snow squalls, however, occur over a much smaller area and typically last less than an hour.  The system being tested would provide warnings for a smaller geographic area, similar to summer thunderstorm warnings, in areas that have been prone to snow squalls.  The warning system is being tested in areas of New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Michigan and Wyoming.


Middlebury College President Laurie Patton announced today that Susan Baldridge will step down as provost effective December 31 and return to the faculty following a one-year leave.  Patton also announced that Jeff Cason, vice president for academic affairs, dean of the schools, and professor of political science, will become interim provost on January 1 for an 18-month term.


State wildlife officials say a land deal has added nearly 50 acres of lakeshore to a state wildlife management area in Benson.  The addition to the Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area was sold to the state for $356,000 by the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts earlier this fall.  Officials say the area is prime habitat for deer and other animals, and that Its location is an important migration corridor between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.  Sunset Lake also holds the record for water clarity of any water body in the state.


The Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Main Street Park in Rutland will be rededicated this Saturday at 10 AM.  A brief ceremony will feature formal presentation of a new marble sculpture of a Vietnam soldier, the addition of 13 names to the Honor Roll of those men and women from Rutland County who served in the Vietnam War, and remarks by Rutland Mayor David Allaire.


Just a reminder … this Saturday is Veteran’s Day.  It will be observed tomorrow.  All Federal Offices will be closed tomorrow.  Most local and state offices and courts will also be closed tomorrow.