September 30th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday, Oct. 10, Bill McKibben is hosting a party, and everyone is invited.
But don’t expect to find finger foods or karaoke at this shindig — party games will include building a solar panel out of soda cans, planting a community garden or even converting cars to run on vegetable oil.
BRISTOL — Bristol police shouldn’t start measuring their future office space in Howden Hall just yet.
Bristol selectboard members at a Monday meeting said they are hopeful that offices for the Bristol Police Department can remain in their current location at 6 South St. rather than move to Howden Hall. But selectmen cautioned that they are still negotiating a lease with the owners of the property.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department has joined a small, but growing, list of state law enforcement agencies to add Taser stun guns to their equipment lists.
Chief George Merkel said the department now owns two $1,000 Tasers, which he believes are a safer tool for subduing suspects than other options at police officers’ disposal — physical restraint, pepper spray or batons.
Merkel said enough people are now familiar with Tasers that even their potential use can defuse situations.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh artists Denis and Judith Rey Versweyveld have shared a home for 48 years, and a passion for art for even longer.
But until two years ago, they had never directly collaborated on their art. Now, their latest show of their joint work — called “Shelter:Dwelling:House:Home,” sculptures of homes by Denis painted on by Judith, plus Judith’s paintings of homes — is on display in the Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier through Oct. 29.
VERGENNES — This weekend, the Vergennes Opera House will host a lively program titled “Dance Mix.”
Don’t expect this dance music to have any thumping hip hop beats or Latin rhythms. Instead, the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra’s set list will feature upbeat selections from the likes of Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Benjamin Britten.
MIDDLEBURY — The Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury, survivor of three major floods since it was erected in 1924, must now out-live a lively debate regarding its replacement and major detours that could be required during construction.
CROWN POINT, N.Y. — Last Thursday afternoon, two Vermont men were involved in a fatal boating accident on Lake Champlain.
New York State Police reported that on Sept. 23, William Wright, 60, of Whiting was driving his 1991 Ranger fishing boat south on the lake at around 3 p.m. when he lost control of the boat near Crown Point. Both Wright and his passenger, William Brown, 60, of Cuttingsville were thrown from the boat.
BRANDON — Last Thursday, Vermont education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca sat in a camp chair on the floor of a canvas tent behind Otter Valley Union High School, listening with rapt attention to a debate about dams and hydro power.
The four students at the front of the tent, as well as the five others watching, attend the Moosalamoo Center for the first part of every school day as part of an experiential environmental education program run through the Brandon high school.