July 11th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — In his second year as a student at Middlebury College, Tommy Hyde took a film class that required students to spend a month with a local who was doing something “interesting.” Hyde found Doug Butler, full-time dairy farmer and dog sled racer.
Upon meeting Butler, Hyde was sure he had discovered true, old-school Vermont.
“Soon I found myself on the back of a sled ripping around trails behind this long-haired, wide-eyed, crazy, kooky old Vermonter,” he said.
MIDDLEBURY — Many of those who visit the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) Community Services Center on Boardman Street in Middlebury are looking for help in paying utility, heating, rent and medication bills. Others line up for free food and leads on jobs and affordable housing.
But an increasing number of folks are making a beeline to the HOPE headquarters in search of something else: Bargains, on a variety of items ranging from shoes to jewelry.
Explosive Fuel and Unsafe Railroad Tracks
We are all expecting a successful outcome and good service from the new railroad tunnels through downtown Middlebury next year. Also, there is talk of new railroad tracks from Rutland to Burlington to accommodate Amtrak. This is all well and good, but the system — federal, state and private — has consistently looked the other way concerning the condition of the existing railroad tracks.
BRISTOL — An effort of more than a decade paid off over the weekend of July 2 and 3, when members of the Bristol Fire Department began moving trucks, equipment and files into their new, roughly 11,000-square-foot West Street fire station.
Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose said the station, budgeted at $3.19 million — including 9 acres of land, most of which will be sold — is fully operational, if not yet fully organized.
We urge our Middlebury neighbors to nominate Jill Charbonneau and Amy Sheldon in the Democratic primary for our two Vermont House seats.
LINCOLN — A Lincoln man is being treated at the University of Vermont Medical Center with what Vermont State Police called “serious injuries” after falling from a cliff near the West Vista Trail in Lincoln during the evening of Thursday, July 7.
Police were called to the scene at around 11 p.m. on word that a hiker, identified as 30-year-old Matthew Dibley, had fallen around 30 feet from a cliff — an incident that had rendered him unconscious.
BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.
In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.
MONTPELIER — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter announced a plan Tuesday that would expand outdoor recreational opportunities in the Green Mountains.