May 13th, 2010
ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) expects to soon finalize an agreement with a Colorado-based general contractor that will later this month begin work on a new, $70 million Champlain Bridge that should be ready for traffic by late summer of 2011.
MIDDLEBURY — First wood chips, now manure.
After firing up a $12 million biomass plant to burn wood for heat last winter, Middlebury College is hoping to turn another local resource — manure from the county’s dairy farms — into an alternative form of heating fuel to power the campus.
On-farm methane digesters have already drawn attention in Vermont for using manure from some of the state’s larger dairy farms to generate methane gas, which is burned to create electricity.
BRISTOL — Although it is only the middle of May, for Eric Swanson harvest time has almost arrived.
The Bristol resident harvests mushrooms, many of which begin to sprout in the spring.
Swanson is a wildcrafter, someone who searches the woods for wild edibles. Sometimes he spends days at a time in the woods, filling his backpack with fresh, wild specimens.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Legislature was nearing adjournment but was still slogging through some major issues as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday.
Chief among the unresolved issues was the fiscal year 2011 budget, according to Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge. Ayer, the Senate majority whip, said legislative leaders and Gov. James Douglas remained at odds on a final spending plan, largely over the matter of taxes.
Among the items wrapped up in the waning days of the session were:
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard will create an ad hoc committee to hash out potential new economic development strategies for the town as well as new ways to support existing activities that are currently being met by financially strapped volunteer associations.
BRISTOL — Pull up a seat, residents of Bristol: The planning commission is inviting residents back to the table as the board reopens the contentious proposed town plan and extraction ordinance knocked down by voters on Town Meeting Day.
LINCOLN — Lincoln Community School teacher Alice Leeds has been named this year’s recipient of the Governor’s Heritage Award for Outstanding Educator, earning the commendation in large part because of the rigorous “place-based” learning she encourages among her fifth- and sixth-grade students.
GOSHEN — In late March, Tony Clark, owner of Blueberry Hill Inn and Cross Country Ski Center, closed on a deal to sell 54 acres of his land to the National Forest Service.
The sale is the first of several potential changes coming to the Blueberry Hill Inn. In February, town officials at a selectboard meeting said that the Moosalamoo Association had applied for a grant of $1 million to purchase the ski touring center as Clark moved toward retirement.