MONTPELIER — About 100 people are expected to attend a meeting at Norwich University in Northfield to talk about Vermont’s response to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene and the best way to plan for the future.
The summit “Irene & Beyond: Continuing Vermont’s Recovery, Shaping Our Future Resilience” will be held Jan. 11.
The meeting will bring together representatives from many organizations and agencies working on disaster recovery for individuals and families affected by Irene and other severe storms in 2011.
People working on the recovery from across the state will gather to map out the work that remains to done.
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SHARON — State Police are looking for information about anonymous dumping at a Sharon trailer park.
Littering was occurring at Green’s Trailer Park on Route 14 according to an investigation. Neighbors told police that vehicles were dropping off large amounts of trash in the trailer park during the day and night between Sept. 28 and 29, according to State Trooper Mark Harvey.
The trailer park was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene on Aug. 28, 2011 and has been closed ever since. Anyone with information should contact State Trooper Harvey at the Royalton Barracks. The phone number is 234-9933.
Vermont’s resiliency in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene will be celebrated Wednesday at an event featuring food and drink in downtown Rutland.
Roots the Restaurant and Long Trail Brewing will host a “Good Night Irene Pig Roast” at the Wales Street restaurant from 5 to 9 p.m.
The event is free, open to the public and will feature live music, dancing and children’s entertainment. Roots will serve a complimentary pig roast dinner and Long Trail will have their signature Good Night Irene on tap.
A $4 donation is suggested for each draft while donations of $1 for nonalcoholic beverages is appreciated.
All proceeds will go to Restoring Rutland, the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link and Evening Song Farm — an organic farm on Route 103 in Shrewsbury that was destroyed when the Mill River carved a new path through its fields.
A 50/50 raffle will also be held to help raise funds.
The event is being sponsored by Roots, Long Trail, Farrell Distributing, Restoring Rutland, RAFFL, Celebrations and Evening Song Farm.
For more information, contact Katye Robare Munger at 236-9350 or by email at [email protected].
BETHEL — Irene left town 192 days earlier, but the storm that wrecked roads, homes and millions of dollars worth of infrastructure claimed one more casualty on Town Meeting Day.
By a 122-74 vote, 12-year Select Board incumbent Bill Richards lost his latest re-election bid to newcomer Bill Hall whose supporters were critical of the town’s handling of the post-Irene recovery efforts.
“I’m not happy with the way the town responded to the flood victims needs,” said resident Eleanor Griffin. “We need someone like Bill Hall because of the big issues with the transfer station and the flood.”
Hall didn’t talk about the recovery efforts during his address to the voters, but Richards defended his own conduct and that of town employees who he said went above and beyond the call of duty in the days after the storm brought ruin to 70 miles of road, nine bridges, the town’s water and sewer system and numerous private properties.
“Our infrastructure was wiped out by Mother Nature,” Richards said. “Even though we tried hard to please everyone it didn’t always happen. I can tell you we were focused, prepared and well managed when the storm hit. The town of Bethel is strong and resilient and with help and assistance we’ve come a long ways in 192 days.”
More to come in the Rutland Herald
By Patrick McArdle | STAFF WRITER
BENNINGTON – Several area residents were recognized for their efforts during Tropical Storm Irene at Monday’s floor meeting and a non-binding resolution asking that the installation of wireless smart meters be delayed for a year was passed.
Natasha Garder and Matthew Littrell, co-owners of the Crazy Russian Girl Bakery, and Polly Van der Linde, director of the Sonatina piano camp in Old Bennington, were given certificates of recognition on Monday during the floor meeting. Some other Bennington County towns, like Manchester, have made the appreciation of citizens who have made extraordinary contributions an annual part of the town meeting, this was the first time Bennington had made a formal recognition in a number of years. Continue reading