November 15th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday got another earful from area residents about the newly revised town plan, specifically about whether the document should include language limiting retail store size to 50,000 square feet.
The planning commission has recommended such language to mirror a 50,000-square-foot cap that has been included in Middlebury’s zoning ordinances since 2005.
WEYBRIDGE — Longtime Weybridge Town Clerk and Treasurer Karen Brisson on Monday resigned from her job after admitting to the local selectboard that she had been embezzling town funds during the past several years, an amount that the town’s attorney said could range between $100,000 and $150,000, according to preliminary estimates.
RIPTON — Like many Addison County residents, Ceredwyn Alexander spent some tense moments in front of her television during the past few weeks tracking the potential path of “super storm” Sandy and wondering if it would do to Vermont what Tropical Storm Irene did to the state last year.
VERGENNES — At 6 p.m. on Nov. 6, one week after Superstorm Sandy devastated long stretches of the Eastern seaboard, a convoy of seven Vermont ambulance crews left the Green Mountain State bound for New Jersey.
The convoy, which included personnel from Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS), responded to a call made in anticipation of a second storm, which on Nov. 7 hit stretches of coast already crippled by the hurricane with more wind, rain and snow.
Some towns in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts lost power for a second time.
RIPTON — Joan and Chris Bullock thought they had bid adieu to the Chipman Inn in 1986 following a successful, 8-year stint owning and operating the historic lodging facility off Route 125 in Ripton. They had a nice run, but the long hours of cooking and cleaning had taken their toll.
Joan Bullock recalled often serving “last call” at the inn’s small pouring station in the wee hours, then grabbing a few hours of sleep before descending the stairs to the kitchen by 6 a.m. to get breakfast ready for her lodgers.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday revealed a 0.6-acre North Main Street parcel that is the former home of Vergennes Auto Sales as their choice on which to build a new station for the city’s police department.
Vergennes officials said they have discussed purchasing the land with its owner, but discussed details Tuesday only behind closed doors at the end of their open session.
BRISTOL — The results of a survey distributed by the Bristol Police Advisory Board outside the polls on Election Day indicate that a very slim majority of Bristol voters favor an expansion of the police district to a town-wide police force — just more than 50 percent.
Jim Quaglino, chair of the police advisory board, said that next steps would include the police department and selectboard looking into what the expansion would cost Bristol taxpayers.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermonters know that their communities have an enviable commitment to the local economy — but they may not know that an organization of highly successful volunteer business professionals is available right here in Addison County to help them realize growth in their business.