April 13th, 2017
EASTER RELIGIOUS SERVICES
ST. THOMAS & GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Easter Day service, April 16, 10 a.m.
FURNACE BROOK WESLEYAN CHURCH – FOREST DALE CAMPUS. Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 16, 6:30 a.m.; Easter Service, 11 a.m.
WEYBRIDGE — Addison County lawmakers on Monday converged on the Weybridge Congregational Church to continue a debate that has been reverberating in the Statehouse: How to pay the state’s share of the estimated $2.3 billion cost of cleaning up Lake Champlain and its tributaries.
The discussion centered on Act 64, aka the Clean Water Act, a massive cleanup effort that involves municipal sewer plants, farmers, and the many impermeable surfaces — including roads and parking lots — over which water can travel on its way to the lake.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas on Wednesday, April 12, officially turned on the spigot to its 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, sending its product to an initial four corporate users in Middlebury’s Industrial Park.
The launch comes after more than six years of planning, protests and a still-pending case before the Vermont Supreme Court through which the plaintiffs are challenging the legality of Vermont Gas’s move to bury its pipeline under Hinesburg’s Geprags Park.
BRISTOL — Those who peer through the chain-link fence running from 8 to 14 North Street (and the antique railings in front of number 16) see a construction site.
The ground has been bulldozed flat. Heavy equipment populates the yard. Siding is going up. Solar panels are being installed on roofs. Decks are being built. Workmen bustle around. Electric saws whine and hammers pound.
But when the eight households now signed on to create Bristol Village Cohousing move in, the site will become a community.
SHOREHAM — Andrew and Elizabeth Done have called many places home during the past 25 years: Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana.
Now, they believe they have found a more permanent destination — as the new owners of the historic Shoreham Inn, where they plan to continue a long tradition of hospitality.
“This was a great opportunity to do something we have always wanted to do,” Andrew said on Monday while Elizabeth was making pies — one of her specialties — in the kitchen.
“This really made sense.”
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its March 28 meeting chose May 9 as a hearing date for the proposed new town plan that was written and has already been approved by the Ferrisburgh Planning Commission.
The May 9 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the town’s Route 7 office building.
Planners after a March 15 hearing approved the 89-page plan, which has been almost four years in the making, and forwarded it to the selectboard.
VERGENNES — Many individual members of the Vergennes Police Department received honors on March 28, when the department held its annual recognition ceremony during a Vergennes City Council meeting at the city’s Green Street fire station.
The night’s biggest award, however, went to the entire department and covered the full tenure of Chief George Merkel, who was hired in November 2009 to lead what was then a struggling force.
When is it too late to sound the alarm? That question comes to mind with Middlebury resident Ben Wilson’s community forum concerning the rail bridges project in downtown Middlebury. He advocates scrapping the state’s $52 million plan, painstakingly assembled over the past three years, in favor of an easterly rail bypass.
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