Tuesday, June 11, 2013

WVTK Local & State News June 11, 2013

Authorities have arrested 2 Rutland men in connection with a June 7th burglary in the Town of Killington.  An investigation led state police to 27-year-old Justin Kirby and 31-year-old Nicholas Seck.  Seck and Kirby were observed carrying a stolen television set from Seck's residence on Cresent Sreet in the Town of Rutland to a vehicle.  After a motor vehicle stop was conducted by police, the TV was seized.

Vermont's senior senator has gotten the green light to test ultra high-speed internet in America's rural communities.  Senator Patrick Leahy's pilot program passed yesterday as a provision in the Senate Farm Bill.  It will allow the Rural Utilities Service to invest in up to five gigabit broadband networks in rural areas over the next five years.  Gigabit internet speeds are about 100 times faster than the average high-speed internet connection.  Leahy wants to base one of those projects in Vermont.  Leahy's amendment was approved just before the Senate gave final passage to the Farm Bill.

Vermont's crops are off to a late start this spring due to all the rain.  The concern is two-fold, as farmers are worried about diseases growing on the plants already in, plus the crops which should be planted when it's hot and dry are being delayed in going in.  The wet weather is also affecting the quality of grass for cows, so their appetite is down, which means less milk, and eventually less cheese.

Middlebury residents will have a voice in the various plans now available for the downtown rail project. When it begins, the project will disrupt downtown traffic for several months.  There are currently six alternatives being considered, which will impact Main Street and Merchants Row bridges.  Residents can view the presentation at MiddleburyBridges.org.

Cornwall Bingham Memorial School has a new principal.  Susan M. Hackett, a Rutland County educator and past principal of the Plymouth and Sunderland elementary schools, has been named the new top administrator.  A Proctor resident, Hackett currently works as a reading intervention teacher at the Rutland Town School and as afterschool site coordinator at the Clarendon Elementary School.  While she will serve primarily as an administrator at Bingham Memorial, Hackett is prepared to do some substitute teaching and fulfill other roles when called upon.  Hackett officially begins her two-year Cornwall contract on July 1.

Friends and family hit the golf course yesterday to honor a Rutland High School student killed in a tragic accident.  The tournament hosted 128 teams that raised funds for the Purple Angel Foundation, a scholarship organization in memory of Carly Ferro, who was killed in a tragic car accident in October.  Ferro was an avid golfer and part of the foundation is a golf scholarship to be awarded to a teen girl.  Many participants donned Ferro's favorite color, purple.  The full day of events included golf, food and a silent auction.  All of the estimated $10,000 raised will go to the Purple Angel Foundation.