evening, bells will ring in churches and public spaces statewide to commemorate
the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene - and Vermont's ongoing recovery. In many hard hit towns the
observances start this weekend, with potluck suppers, concerts, art exhibits -
and, in the town of Newfane, a parade.
he Vermont House has quickly advanced a bill that would save money for towns hard-hit by Tropical Storm Irene. The bill allows towns to defer their education tax payments to the state until late February.
Vermonters in storm damaged areas are working to
get roads passable and homes livable by winter. But some have nothing left to fix. In Jamaica, Tropical Storm Irene
took out four houses and the land beneath them.
Jamaica is one town whose landscape was dramatically changed by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene. Three and a half weeks later, the sound of heavy equipment is everywhere, and progress is being made.
Voters in the southern Vermont town of Jamaica reflected the state on
Town Meeting Day. They passed both town and school budgets, while they
complained about interference from Washington and Montpelier.