June 14th, 2010
WHITING — A violent May 26 storm sent a large oak tree crashing through the attic and a second floor bedroom at the home of Whiting residents Madeline and Lawrence Denis.
Although the family’s insurance will cover the cost of repairing the house, the damage caused by the tree, which Lawrence Denis estimated was about three feet in diameter, goes far beyond the cosmetic. The couple has lived in the house, which was built in the 1700s, since 1952. And insurance won’t cover the cost of the many possessions, both practical and sentimental, that the damaged rooms held.
CORNWALL — Jennifer Moeykens has seen two generations of several families pass through Cornwall’s elementary school during her 34 years there as a teacher.
She jokes that the reason she’s retiring this month is because she doesn’t want to score enough longevity points to see the third generation roll in. Joking aside, she’ll be leaving the school with fond memories and vows to remain active during the next phase of her life outside the classroom.
GRANVILLE — A small number of Granville citizens voiced their opinions in a vote last week to allow the town to apply for a bond of up to $200,000 that would pay for repairs on town buildings.
In late March, a little noticed, almost unreported event took place in the Middle East. The government of Qatar forced out the moderate leadership of one of Islam’s most popular, moderate websites and is reshaping it into a religiously more conservative media outlet. They have started by running news releases instead of the moderate and diverse content that the site, IslamOnline, was known for.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol will continue to revise its bylaws with a $12,350 grant it received this last from the state Municipal and Regional Planning Fund. With the grant money, Bristol will partner with Smart Growth Vermont, a nonprofit organization, to incorporate as much community input as possible into the process of rewriting its bylaws.
This year, the Municipal and Regional Planning Fund awarded a total of $347,291 to 38 towns across the state, including Vergennes. The fund, which was established in 1988, supports municipal planning and development.
BURLINGTON — A second-half surge by the top-seeded Mount Anthony Union High School girls’ lacrosse team in the Division-I final on Saturday gave the Patriots their first-ever title and denied Middlebury its eighth crown.
The Patriots trailed early in the second half in a game played at Burlington High School, but they knotted the score at 6-6 at 15:42 and outscored the Tigers the rest of the way to win, 12-7.
In the first multimedia profile of the "Making a life in Addison County" series, Derrick Dykstra, 28, explains what motivates him to work long hours on his New Haven dairy farm. After high school, Dykstra worked construction in Pennsylvania before coming back a few years ago to the farm his family has operated for three generations. He is one of 7,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 34 in Addison County.