Monday, June 17, 2013

WVTK Local & State News June 17, 2013

Vermont State Police are investigating the thefts of various boats and boating equipment from a Lake Champlain marina in Ferrisburgh.  Among the items stolen from Basin Harbor Club Marina are a 12-foot boat with an outboard motor, two kayaks and various other boating equipment.  The thefts were reported to police yesterday, with an estimated loss of nine-thousand-dollars worth of property.  Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the State Police New Haven barracks.

Poultney residents are being warned away from Lake St. Catherine until Wednesday at the earliest.  Local officials are trying to control an invasive plant called milfoil, and are applying an herbicide around the shore of the lake.  Because of that, they're warning residents not to use Lake St. Catherine, Lily Pond, Little Lake or the outlet stream to North Road before Wednesday.

New Census data shows Vermont has the second-oldest population in the U.S. in terms of average age of residents.  Vermont placed just behind Maine in the new figures.  Maine's average age is 43-point-five-years, while Vermont's is 42-point-three-years.  The national average age according to the Census Bureau is 37-point-four-years-old.

Vermont's two U.S. Senators are praising passage of the 955-billion-dollar farm bill.  Senator Bernie Sanders says passage of the measure last week is a victory for the state's rural communities and agriculture.  Senator Patrick Leahy says he is especially pleased with the legislation's language on dairy farming.  He says the bill would minimize the roller coaster price swings that have made dairy farming so difficult.  A similar bill is being considered in the House.

Two people are injured after the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a moose in Killington.  State Police say a vehicle driven by 65-year-old Maurice Hebert struck the moose on Route-Four Saturday night.  Hebert and 63-year-old Rosemary Hebert both suffered minor injuries in the crash, and a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle was not hurt.  It's unclear how seriously the moose was injured.

Brandon voters will decide tomorrow on a proposed town budget that has a sizeable increase over last year’s of 6.7 percent or over $138,000.  The total budget being proposed is over $2.3-million.  The first budget, submited during Town Meeting Day voting, was approved narrowly, but then quickly overturned by a citizen-petition drive.  Polls will be open for the renewed budget voting between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Neshobe Elementary School gymnasium.