February 10th, 2014
PANTON — Panton residents on Town Meeting Day will decide whether they will continue to elect their own town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector, or give the Panton selectboard the power to appoint people to those town offices.
That choice will be framed on March 4 as a potential change to the town’s land grant charter. Per state law, if voters back that change, which is being recommended and put forth by the selectboard, the Vermont Legislature would still have to approve it before it could take effect.
MIDDLEBURY — Businesses experiencing a revenue shortfall often end up scaling back staff and services.
But Middlebury Regional EMS is taking the opposite approach.
The nonprofit organization formerly known as Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association has just launched four substantial new programs it believes will solidify its financial bottom line during a period of sweeping changes in Vermont’s health care system.
MIDDLEBURY — David Van Vleck Jr. left Addison County to pursue a career as an actor, playwright and screenwriter.
His journey will come full circle on Feb. 13, when one of his plays, “Four Beers,” will be staged at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Van Vleck grew up just down the road in Cornwall and is a graduate of Middlebury Union High School.
BRISTOL — On a dismally cold morning this past fall, Spencer Norland watched the sunrise from the side of an active volcano high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. For the Mount Abe Union High School senior, it wasn’t a bad way to finish his high school career.
Norland, 17, participated in a semester abroad program sponsored by Kroka Expeditions, an outdoor education company based in Marlow, N.H.
“I would strongly recommend it to other students,” Norland said. “It was an amazing experience.”
MIDDLEBURY — After many weeks of planning and renovations, Michel Mahé has set Saturday, Feb. 15, for the grand opening of his latest restaurant, called “The Lobby,” at 7 Bakery Lane in downtown Middlebury.
The opening, Mahé stressed, is contingent upon his receipt of two final permits — one for occupancy, the other related to health inspection.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College basketball team controlled most of Sunday’s game with nationally ranked NESCAC rival Bowdoin, but needed some good fortune to avoid overtime and nip the visiting Polar Bears, 69-66.
With 2.2 seconds to go, Bowdoin senior and former Springfield High School standout Grant White hit a three from the left corner to tie the game at 66-66.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Middlebury rallied past Mount Abraham, and Vergennes lost on the road.
Otter Valley (7-8) was set to visit West Rutland on Wednesday, but that game was postponed by snow and moved to Feb. 17. Heading into this week, OV held down the No. 8 spot in the Vermont Principals’ Association Division II standings.
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ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action late last week, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley all picked up big wins, but Middlebury came up short.