Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WVTK Local & State News October 29, 2013

The Town of Bristol is encouraging residents to keep an eye out for animals possibly infected with rabies.  Town officials released a statement this week indicating there has been two reported incidents involving rabid animals. The first involved a raccoon biting a man and the second after a dying fox was found to be infected with the disease. The events in Bristol are not the first reports of the disease in the area this year. Fifteen people have been treated for rabies after a 9-week-old puppy tested positive for the disease.  The town of Bristol advises residents to report suspicious animals to the town office (802-453-2410) or to the police department (802-453-2533).

The former Econo Lodge on Route 7 in Shelburne now has a new name and new mission.  The 59-room facility is now called Harbor Place, and was sold yesterday to the Champlain Housing Trust for one-point-eight million dollars.  It’s going to be a new temporary housing unit, with case workers helping others find basic needs, jobs and long-term housing.  Harbor Place should be open and receiving residents by this Friday.

The Vermont Agriculture Agency is going to hold a webinar so Vermonters can provide feedback on rules for a new law that some say could significantly affect the state’s fruit and vegetable farmers.  The webinar will be held on November 4.  It will walk participants through the comment process for the Produce Safety and Preventive Control Rules.  The deadline for making comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act is November 15.  When finalized, these rules will affect many Vermont vegetable and fruit growers.

Although more than 28-thousand households in Vermont rely on the Low Income Heating Assistance Program known as LIHEAP, two oil dealers are saying they won’t participate this year.  The state is adding more than eight million dollars to the program which is getting nearly 17-million from the federal government.  But, Jack Corse in Cambridge and Bourne’s Energy in Morrisville are not joining in because of the way the contract is set up this year with pricing formulas.  Customers of the two dealers are being told they’ll have to find another if they’re going to be heating this winter with LIHEAP funds.

The Moriah Food Pantry is asking for your help.  The holidays are approaching and the Moriah Food Pantry is not prepared.  Its shelves are near empty.  The Moriah Food Pantry, located in the basement of All Saints Church on Bartlett Pond Road in Mineville, is an emergency service that provides a three-day supply of food to families in need.  It serves about 85 families a month.  Officials hope people will keep the food pantry in mind this holiday season, when demand for food is at its greatest.