Monday, July 1, 2013

WVTK Local & State News July 1, 2013

A coalition seeking to address drug abuse issues in Ticonderoga wants to extend its reach.  The group, which met for the first time in June, is asking concerned citizens to attend a meeting Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at the Community Building.  Ti-based Prevention Team, a non-profit agency that provides alcohol, tobacco and other drug education and prevention services for Essex County, is assisting the effort.  Officials say, communities across the nation have built Drug Free Community Coalitions and have made real progress in preventing substance abuse on the local level.  The coalition is open to all community members.

South Burlington Police are investigating a series of burglaries that took place early this morning.  Police say a male entered the Hana Japanese Steakhouse just after 1 a.m. and took an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police say the burglar also broke into Wing Over Burlington but took nothing.  Police are looking for a male approximately 5'7" to 5'10" who was wearing an oversized hooded sweatshirt with possibly a skull or face on the front.  Police say they believe these burglaries are related to a suspicious incident that took place at around 1:30 a.m. at Chipotle Mexican Grill.  The male matching the description above tried to enter the restaurant but was scared off by an employee.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Burlington Police Department.

It's July 1 and still no deal among lawmakers and that means interest rates for need-based or Stafford Loans have officially doubled.  Millions of American students rely on these Stafford Loans to help them hit the books.  The federal government pays the interest while the students are enrolled in school. When they graduate, they're on their own.  But now, because of delays by Congress, students will see interest rates double on their new student loans.  Rates will rise from 3.4% to 6.8%.

All the rainfall has set a record.  The National Weather Service says May and June been the wettest two-month consecutive stretch in Burlington on record, with a total of 18.6 inches of rain.  The weather service says 8.74 inches fell in May, and 9.86 inches fell in June.  May’s statistic lists the month as the wettest may on record.  The last two-month stretch with the most rain was in 1998, when it rained a combined 17.97 inches in July and August.  It rained a total of 16.55 inches for April and May of 2011.

Ferry service for bikes on the Colchester Causeway has finally re-opened.  Flood damage two years ago shut down the Colchester Causeway Bike Ferry along the Island Line Trail.  It took 545 donations and countless hours of work to put the ferry back in business, and already hundreds of people are using it each day.  The bicycle ferry connects a 200-foot water gap in the three-mile causeway crossing Lake Champlain between Colchester and South Hero.