July 25th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Hauling across the globe from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Middlebury every summer since 2007 is, in some ways, a return home for Nina Kostyuk, a Russian professor at the Middlebury Russian Language School.
After 41 years studying and teaching in Russia’s second-largest city, the trip to Addison County brings Kostyuk back to her childhood growing up in a village outside the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.
FERRISBURGH — Back in the 1970s, Ferrisburgh held annual “Good Neighbor Days,” in which residents gathered and picnicked.
Early in 2010, Ferrisburgh native Karlene DeVine and other members of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society recalled Good Neighbor Days, which had long since faded from the town’s annual calendar.
BRANDON — Vermonters who spend every day driving up and down Route 7, weaving through the state’s many back roads, or hiking on scenic trails can sometimes come to take for granted the striking beauty of the scenery around them.
On July 7, Brandon’s Gallery in the Field opened an exhibit called “The Power of Place: Landscapes and Mindscapes from Vermont,” featuring work from four Vermont artists, that reminded the roughly 300 people in attendance of the splendor in Vermont’s landscape.
ROANOKE, Ala. — A Middlebury man who has served as a volunteer firefighter for the Middlebury Fire Department was killed in a Wednesday morning car accident in Roanoke, Ala., while on vacation with his wife and two children.
According to The Randolph Leader of Alabama, a Toyota Sienna minivan being driven at about 8:45 a.m. by Adam Myers, 39, was struck by a Ford Explorer driven by a local resident.
ADDISON COUNTY — A hometown boy is back in town and looking to make big headway this year in solar technology across Addison County.
Chris Eaton is a Middlebury Union High School graduate and a 1999 Middlebury College alumnus. He co-founded the local company Salamander Construction in 2004, and two years later followed his future wife down to Massachusetts, where he started another construction company, called Ducksholm Builders in Nantucket.
ADDISON COUNTY — A new law requires electric utilities give a credit to their customers who produce some of their own power through home solar power panels. The credit is 20 cents for every kilowatt hour their units produce.
When the roughly 14-cent-per-kWh cost of power purchased from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) or Green Mountain Power (GMP) is factored into the mix, a solar customer will receive an approximate 6-cent credit called an “adder” for every kWh used and produced.
WHITING — When Bulwagga Books and Gallery closes its doors after 15 years in business, Whiting will lose one of two retail businesses in town.
It won’t be the end of Bulwagga Books — owners John Travis and Ellen Kurrelmeyer will relocate to a new house in Middlebury and reopen as a smaller, appointment-only shop. But the closing marks the end of a long run that established Bulwagga Books as both a destination for book collectors and a quirky stopping point for the curious along Route 30.
You know the feeling when you look at something for so long that you almost stop seeing it?
Sometimes that’s how I look at our website. In the two years I’ve been here, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the website better and about what services and features to add, but when it comes right down to it, I have no idea how to approach the website as someone who’s not familiar with its every nook and cranny.