Paran hydroelectric study proposals under review by FERC
On March 16, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepted applications for preliminary study of two potential hydroelectric generation sites in North Bennington. Above, is a schematic diagram of a 58 kw generating project at the dam on Lake Paran. The other project would be a 36 kw plant on Paran Creek by the fire station. The Village of North Bennington supports both proposals. Click here for more information.
North Bennington school budget and tuition approved by wide margins
The North Bennington Graded School District budget passed on March 7, 2017 by a vote of 205 to 84. The tuition proposed by the Village School of North Bennington was approved by a vote of 219 to 66.
PFOA community updates
Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA ) is a persistent, mobile, and toxic chemical. Once a major ingredient in Dupont's Teflon®, it was used in manufacturing at a plant in North Bennington until 2002. Recent testing has found PFOA in some area wells at levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory level. There is no PFOA in the water system serving most houses in the Village.
The State of Vermont is issuing regular updates on PFOA testing and studies in the North Bennington area, and is maintaining a map showing sampling results. The Vermont Health Department fact sheet on PFOA is here. The engineering study for expanding the North Bennington water system can be downloaded here.
A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2016 in federal court against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, the successor to the manufacturer that used PFOA in North Bennington. The suit seeks damages on behalf of property owners in and around the village. A copy of the lawsuit is here.
Events at The Left Bank
An on-line calendar created by Amy Anselmo keeps tabs on all the community events at The Left Bank building at 5 Bank Street, North Bennington. Click here for the calendar. For more information about The Left Bank click here.
Calendar of other local events
A wide ranging calendar of local events is available here, also courtesy of Amy Anselmo, with financial support from The Fund for North Bennington, Inc.