Friday, June 14, 2013

WVTK Local & State News June 14, 2013

The MVAA or Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association will be expanding their services as part of a reorganization.  They will also be changing their name to better reflect their new direction.  According to the COO, Bill Edison, the new name will be Middlebury Regional Emergency and Medical Services.  MREMS will continue to evolve as a multi-faceted organization which can both stand upon the heritage and mission of the MVAA, but also change and grow to reflect the needs of the community.

Jamie Velsini is a lucky guy, times two.  The Mineville man is getting married later this summer and last week claimed a $1 million state lottery prize.  At a ceremony earlier today Velsini said, “Nothing’s going to change, I like my life just the way it is. Maybe things will be a bit easier now.”  He added he’ll use the lottery prize to pay for his wedding and to help family.  Velsini won $1 million on the lottery’s Fabulous Fortune scratch-off game.  He purchased the ticket at Stewart’s Shop in Port Henry on May 20.

Officials say there's still $11 million available in federal funds for Vermont cities and towns eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program following Tropical Storm Irene.  The money goes away after July 12.  The funds help communities make improvements to public infrastructure and private property that are designed to lessen the effects of future disasters.  Officials say some cities and towns have used the funds to raise roads, replace culverts, flood-proof buildings, and buy out flood-prone properties.  More than $14 million in such projects have been approved by the state over the past 18 months.

Certain chemicals found in everyday items are now banned in Vermont.  The governor and lawmakers gathered at a Burlington firehouse Thursday to sign the fire safety bills into law. It bans the fire retardant Chlorinated Tris and broadens a ban on DECA that lawmakers originally approved in 2009.  The potentially toxic chemical can be found in things like mattresses, couches and carseats.

The town of Middlebury and Middlebury College are working on a deal that would result in the purchase of the so-called Lazarus Building on Main Street, a structure that would be razed to provide a wider and safer Printer’s Alley link between the downtown and the Marble Works complex.  The Lazarus Building has been vacant for more than two years. It most recently hosted Green Mountain Shoe & Apparel and Otter Creek Used and Rare Books, businesses that have relocated elsewhere in Middlebury.

A new policy in Vergennes asks residents and visitors not to smoke or chew tobacco on the city’s downtown green or at the city pool or surrounding recreation area.  By a 4-3 vote on Tuesday, Vergennes aldermen approved a policy that will also ask people not to use tobacco during city-sponsored events in the Vergennes parks in the Otter Creek basin, including at the annual Youth Fishing Derby.