August 15th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will probably have to find $1.5 million to bridge the funding gap between its preferred option of using a tunnel to replace two deteriorating downtown railroad spans, versus what the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is willing to invest in such a project.
That’s the latest word from Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials, who recently met with their FHWA counterparts to discuss the upcoming replacement of Middlebury’s railroad overpasses on Merchants Row and Main Street.
WEYBRIDGE — A fish and wildlife specialist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, familiar with caving techniques through years of surveying bats, used his experience to help an injured man out of a Weybridge cave last week.
FERRISBURGH — A rare joint meeting on Tuesday of the Ferrisburgh selectboard and Ferrisburgh Central School board produced agreements to continue exploring a possible purchase of land that abuts both town and school property, and to evaluate whether balloting should be held in the town office building rather than at the school.
ORWELL — Almost every day for the past month, an Orwell resident has awoken to find an outhouse on his or her front lawn that wasn’t there when they retired to bed the previous night.
Whether they welcomed the new facility in their yard or despised it, all knew that it was there for a good cause. A committee had organized the depositing of the old fashion port-a-potty around town as a way to raise money for this weekend’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Orwell town charter and to get people excited about the big party.
VERGENNES — In 1993, a couple feet above the Vergennes city offices a mixture of fallen plaster and pigeon droppings blanketed the abandoned Vergennes Opera House floor.
New Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH) interim president Gerianne Smart, then a volunteer and later a longtime FVOH head, remembers well the days when hard labor mixed with a distant vision for the future of the city’s theater, now well more than 100 years old.
MIDDLEEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday picked Bread Loaf Corp. to provide preliminary design-build services for a new municipal building that would be built on Main Street and a new recreation center that would be erected off Mary Hogan Drive if voters decide to move forward with a proposal floated earlier this summer.
BRISTOL — Eleven proposed sites for the new location of the Bristol Fire Department’s headquarters have now been eliminated out of an original list of 31. The latest suggestion, that the station be built on two acres of town-owned property on Pine Street near the landfill and the highway department, was unanimously rejected by the selectboard at their Monday meeting. Board members rejected that site because of existing traffic problems on Pine Street and because town officials believe there aren’t two acres of unused land near the landfill site.
NEW HAVEN — A handful of Vermonters held their own against residents from five other states on Friday night at the Addison County Fair and Field Days 2013 Armwrestling Tournament.
Vermonters winning at the Aug. 9 competition were George Sheldrick, an event co-organizer who prevailed in both left-and right-handed events; Rob Ketcham, Glen Tupper and Kayla Plouffe.
The tournament drew armwrestlers from New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maine, as well as Vermont.