September 15th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The closing of Middlebury’s Bakery Lane at its northern entrance (fronting Main Street), which was due to begin Monday, Sept. 12, has been put off, probably until next spring.
The imminent closure of the downtown street to accommodate repairs to the brick façade of the Dyer Block was announced last Friday. Middlebury Development Review Board Administrator Ted Dunakin that day said the town was happy to hear that building owner Peter Jette would fix the brickwork for safety reasons.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents are being given a chance to see a sneak preview of the new Public Service Broadcasting documentary “Prohibition,” the latest work by filmmaker Ken Burns, whose previous efforts include multi-part series on the Civil War, baseball and jazz.
CORNWALL — Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC) is ready to break ground on the town of Cornwall’s first-ever affordable housing subdivision, a project off DeLong Road that will eventually accommodate four families.
“There will be a lot of busy activity down (at the project site), hopefully within the next couple of weeks,” said Bruce Byers, who co-chairs the HHAC’s capital campaign with fellow board member William Biederman.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School student Emily Anderson has plenty of time to choose a career path. But it would be no stretch to say she would have a bright future in engineering.
Anderson was one of four MUHS students to win top honors at this summer’s Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) Engineering Institute, an annual, week-long educational program hosted by the University of Vermont. Three Mount Abraham Union High School students also earned first-place awards at the institute, held at the end of July in Burlington.
BURLINGTON — Brandon’s historic downtown is more or less intact despite the massive Aug. 28 flood, but there are historic villages across Vermont that have been irreparably damaged, like those in Wilmington and Waterbury.
“Wilmington’s downtown was decimated,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “There are storefronts, one after another, that just aren’t there anymore.”
MIDDLEBURY — Lars Hubbard has made his living in a multitude of ways throughout the years, including as a chef, executive, entrepreneur and software designer.
He chalks up his diverse career choices to a credo he lives by: “I hate to be boring.”
And no one can accuse him of being boring with his latest plan: Acquiring (out of foreclosure) the 6,000-square-foot office building at 88 Mainelli Road in Middlebury and turning it into a distillery, cheese-making facility and headquarters for his small firm, known as The Friday Group LLC.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board has given its approval to “Whirlie’s World,” an indoor recreation center at 1232 Exchange St. that is slated to open by mid-October.
Meanwhile, once-orphaned Desabrais Laundry and Dry Cleaning is back in business next door to Whirlie’s World.
BRISTOL — When a blue minivan with Florida license plates pulled into the Bristol Maplefields on West Street at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, onlookers could barely believe their eyes: A male driver got out of the car completely unclothed.
“The only things he was wearing was a pair of sandals and a credit card,” Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs reported.
On seeing the nude man, a bystander immediately called the police. But contrary to what the caller and some fellow bystanders apparently expected, the police did not arrest the man.