MIDDLEBURY — When the opening strains of organ and choral music swell to fill Mead Chapel each December for the annual Lessons and Carols service, many area residents sense they have truly entered the Christmas season. Now in its 40th year, the program of Bible readings and carols for choir, organ and congregation is an invitation for community members to be transformed.
BRISTOL — A vibrant community discussion about public input in Bristol municipal government has grown out of an incident last month, when acting Bristol Planning Commission Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from resident John “Slim” Pickens.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board this month will further refine a 2012-2013 budget draft for Middlebury Union Middle and High schools. The current draft reflects a 4.1-percent increase in spending just to cover contracted teacher salary raises and benefits, projected hikes in energy costs, and a rise in special education transportation expenses.
BRISTOL — A land-use zone prohibiting resource extraction is one of the central elements of the Bristol Planning Commission’s proposed town plan update. Due to this zone’s importance and a recent discrepancy over its exact boundaries, the commission this week decided to revisit this part of the plan at a special meeting on Jan. 3.
Acting Chair Chico Martin explained at Tuesday’s commission meeting that this was possible because the town plan had not yet been presented to the selectboard for its review.
RIPTON — Middlebury College’s Nordic ski center in Ripton has completed a new five-kilometer ski trail and enhanced its ski shop in a major step forward in the effort to make Addison County a better draw for those interested in winter sports and recreation.
The new trail has been certified for national and international competition, and was one of the key elements that helped Middlebury solidify its bid to host the NCAA Skiing Championships in 2013, according to Mike Hussey, director of the Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Center.
GRANVILLE/HANCOCK — In the days and weeks after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont in late August, it wasn’t uncommon to see excavators in rivers across the state, clearing culverts and rebuilding riverbanks.
The White River in Granville and Hancock was no exception.
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard has created a town energy committee to explore energy efficiency programs, like the “Property Assessed Clean Energy” program, or PACE.
BRISTOL — Replacing two bridges in Bristol — the South Street Bridge and the Route 116 “Stoplight Bridge” — has been on the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s to-do list since the early ’80s. VTrans officials meeting with Bristol selectboard members Monday said the timetable for completing that work would be pushed back six months from the timeframe they gave in March.