Monday, October 21, 2013

WVTK Local & State News October 21, 2013

The state treasurer’s office is getting ready to sell about $25 million of Vermont Citizen Bonds.  The general obligation bonds will be made available first to Vermont residents and businesses.  They will be sold on Nov. 4.  They are sold in $1,000 increments and must be bought through a registered broker or dealer.  The bonds’ maturities range from one to 20 years.  State Treasurer Beth Pearce says the number of bonds to be sold could increase, depending on demand.  The Preliminary Official Statement for the bond offering will be available Oct. 28 on the website of the Vermont Treasurer.

Student test scores in Vermont could drop when more rigorous standards take effect and students start taking a new education test in 2015.  In New York, student test scores based on the new standards plummeted.  And while Vermont typically rates high among the 50 states in student performance, officials don’t know how the state will do two years from now.  Officials say the Common Core standards are designed to better equip young people for careers or college; Vermont schools are making changes to prepare students for them and the test.

Burglars hit three businesses and a church in Rochester in 24-hours.  Police say the spree on North Main Street took place last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.  The thieves hit the Federated Church, J. Jensen & Friends Gallery, Sandy's Book and Bakery, and tried but failed to break into the Rochester Café.  No arrests have been made yet.

Price Chopper is recalling some of its store brand pies.  The company is recalling eight and ten inch coconut custard pies because of a lack of ingredient information on the label.  The pies have milk, egg, soy, wheat and coconut, which are known allergens.  The pies were sold between August 11 and October `8 and can be returned to a store for a full refund.

It should be an interesting Burlington City Council meeting tonight with a proposed gun control measure up for debate.  The proposed ordinance would require any residents with permits for concealed weapons to store those guns in locked containers.  It also allows police to take away guns from people convicted of domestic violence and bans guns in bars.  The public has its say on the proposal tonight from 6 until 7, and if approved by Council it would go to a city-wide vote on Town Meeting Day before going before the Legislature for approval.

The Vermont office of the American Cancer Society estimates that it will raise more than $325,000 from its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer march.  The Sunday march saw more than 2,000 participants from 168 teams take part in the South Burlington event that was part of a nationwide series of walks. 

The Vergennes Lions Club presented the Vergennes Community Food shelf a check last wek for $2,850.  Mary Ann Castimore of the Vergennes Community Food Shelf thanked the club for its annual support, being the largest contributor.  She said that it is gratifying to see local churches participating, as well as local people who bring in fresh produce from their gardens throughout the summer and fall.