Monday, September 9, 2013

WVTK Local & State News September 9, 2013

U.S. Congressman Peter Welch will be holding a telephone town hall meeting this evening with Vermonters regarding the President’s plan to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.  The call takes place at 7:30 p.m.  If you would like to join in, we have the telephone number to dial on our website

n      To join the call, dial (toll-free) 877-229-8493 and enter PIN code 13785.

The Middlebury selectboard tonight, will be looking at a proposed agreement with Middlebury College that would lead to the demolition of the Lazarus building at 20 Main Street and the consolidation of property off Bakery Lane that would then be marketed for an as-yet undefined economic development initiative.

The Vermont Public Service Board is set to hear from the public on a proposed natural gas pipeline to serve Addison County, and opponents want the board to hear from them loudly and clearly.  The board has set a public hearing on the pipeline proposal by Vermont Gas Systems for 7 o’clock, tomorrow night at Middlebury Union Middle School in Middlebury.  Supporters say it will boost western Vermont’s economy by providing low-cost energy.  The Vermont Public Interest Research Group and other critics are planning a rally outside the school an hour before the hearing.  They say the gas is coming from wells in Alberta that use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which Vermont banned within the state’s borders in 2012.

About 7,500 independent home care workers are going to be receiving ballots from the Vermont Labor Relations Board so they will be able to vote on whether to be represented by a union.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says the ballots are being mailed out today.  Earlier this year, the Vermont Legislature passed a law allowing home care workers to organize and negotiate a contract with the state.  The deadline for ballots to be returned is Sept. 27. Votes will be counted on Oct. 2 and 3.  AFSCME is the only union seeking to represent the workers.

The search continues for a missing Townshend woman.  Police say 59-year-old Helen Holmes of Townshend, was last seen Friday morning at her home.  Police were notified after she failed to make a scheduled appointment later that day.  Over the weekend, Police say they searched the area near her home.  Investigators are also actively looking for her vehicle.  Police say they are concerned for her safety because she has not reached out to family or friends since last week.  Holmes is believed to be driving a Red 2010 Subaru Forester -- License plate DAK 316.   Anyone having any information about her is asked to contact the Vermont State Police. 

The Boston Athletic Association says it will add 9,000 spots to next year's Boston marathon.   Registration for the 2014 race began at 10am this morning.  The coveted entries were added to accommodate the 5,000 runners who couldn't finish the race in April because of the bombings.  The group will plant yellow daffodils along the race route as a sign of rebirth.  Bombings near the finish line this past April killed 3 people and injured more than 250.