Wednesday November 7, 2012

Barnet to vote on ATV use

BARNET (AP) -- A Vermont town is debating whether to continue to let ATVs use some town roads.

On Nov. 14, voters in Barnet will weigh in on whether to stick with an ordinance approved in 2010 that allowed All-Terrain Vehicles on some town roads. The election is not binding, but will be an advisory vote to the town selectboard.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/PTO3dz) a petition circulated by Eric Brinkerhoff, who lives on one of the roads that ATVs may now use. He said he’s been seeing more and more of them and doesn’t like the noise and dust. He said he worries about collisions with cars and trucks. Vt.

Propane leak forces move of polling place

BARRE (AP) -- Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says a propane leak in downtown Barre is forcing city officials to move the polling location.

Condos says the fire department ordered that that the electricity be shut off in the neighborhood around the Barre Auditorium, the city’s polling location. The leak was detected at around 2 p.m.

Condos says he has sent officials from his office to help move the polling area to the Old Labor Hall on Granite Street.

A city dispatcher said at about 3:20 that the leak has been shut off, but officials were waiting for the gas to dissipate. Electricity has been restored, but the polling place is still being moved.

Condos says the polls in Barre still have to close at 7 p.m.

Cuomo now has 2 vacancies to fill on N.Y. top court

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing two vacancies on New York’s top court following the death of Judge Theodore Jones Jr. and the upcoming retirement of Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick.

The Court of Appeals has seven judges appointed to 14-year terms. They must retire at the end of the year they turn 70.

The State Commission on Judicial Nomination has been screening candidates to replace Ciparick and plans to give Cuomo a slate it considers well qualified on Dec. 1. Cuomo selects a nominee.

Ciparick was appointed to the court by Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Jones died Monday of an apparent heart attack. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

The commission has up to 120 days after notice of a vacancy to give the governor a list of three to seven names.

and praying that it stays on the warm side."

In Connecticut, a freeze that brought temperatures down to the high 20s one night in early April damaged peach crops, but so far the effects of the cold have been limited. Agriculture officials say the trees are acclimated to conditions somewhat from the recent pattern of mild days and cool nights, but the advanced blossoming of many fruit plants makes them extremely vulnerable this weekend.

Don Dzen, an owner of Dzen Brothers Farm in South Windsor, Conn., said he was planning to stay up all night, keeping water running over his berries in hopes that a coating of ice will prevent damage to the fruit.

"It will be a long night, but we should be in pretty good shape," he said.

12 sickened by stomach virus at NYC shelter

NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials say about a dozen people forced from their homes by Superstorm Sandy have gotten sick with a stomach virus at a New York City shelter.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the problem arose at a shelter at Brooklyn’s John Jay High School. Officials say the ailment is a common, contagious virus, and no one at the shelter is severely ill.

The school had been set to reopen Wednesday. Now it’s expected to stay closed until Thursday while workers clean and disinfect it. The mayor says that’s being done "out of an abundance of caution."

The shelter residents are being moved to another spot. Officials say they’ll take measures to keep the virus from spreading further among the people in the shelter.

Bomb threat reported at Maine polling place

READFIELD, Maine (AP) -- A bomb threat has been reported at the polling place in the central Maine town of Readfield.

Megan Sanborn of the secretary of state’s office says the bomb threat was received early Tuesday evening at the Readfield Town Office, which serves as the town’s polling place.

Sanborn didn’t know the exact nature of the threat or if the building was evacuated.

Nobody answered the phone at the town offices shortly before polls were scheduled to close at 8 p.m.