August 8th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — When the 31st Olympiad opened this past Friday in Rio de Janeiro, three Middlebury alumnae were slated to be among the athletes representing the United States of America.
Lea Davison ’05 and Megan Guarnier ’07 were prepared to compete in women’s cycling events, and Sarah Groff True ’04 will compete in the triathlon.
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Brewery cut the ribbon on its brand new 8,000-square-foot, 120-barrel brew house this past Thursday, making the Middlebury brewery the largest beer maker, by volume, in Vermont.
“This is the story of why Vermont has one of the lowest unemployment rates in America,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin, who spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We have a diversified economy and creative people like Otter Creek that have extraordinary products which set the world standard for microbrewed beer.”
VERGENNES — The recently unified Addison Northwest School District held its first official meeting last week at the Vergennes Union High School in the form of a four-hour training session and retreat.
ANWSD board members representing public schools in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham were elected March 1, and the unified school district and board became official in April after no one filed a petition to reconsider the vote.
NEW HAVEN — Lucien Paquette sat back in a wooden chair at his kitchen table last week and laughed. He was telling a story about a phone conversation he’d recently had with a doctor who asked him for his birth date.
“Eight, fourteen, sixteen,” Paquette had responded.
The doctor was puzzled, and not amused.
“I had to specify, it was 1916,” Paquette said, chuckling about the confusion.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Principals’ Association has signed onto a national initiative that makes mandatory for the state’s 32 high school football programs measures intended to make the sport safer.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials have announced the hiring of four new health care providers to further bolster a medical staff that had seen some defections earlier this year in wake of turbulent times at the county’s hospital and its 12 affiliated physicians’ practices.
And in other PMC news, Porter spokesman Ron Hallman said he expects to be able to share, within the “next several weeks,” some details about PMC’s potential affiliation with a larger medical institution.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol is soliciting Requests for Proposal from parties interested in purchasing and renovating the town’s 1897 firehouse at 32 North St.
The fire department moved into its new fire station on West Street at the beginning of July, leaving the beautiful old building on North Street vacant.
MONTPELIER — A preliminary report that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department released last week shows that hunters brought home 5,537 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season — 40 more than the average of the three previous years. That total included 662 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt.