November 15th, 2012
RIPTON — Joan and Chris Bullock thought they had bid adieu to the Chipman Inn in 1986 following a successful, 8-year stint owning and operating the historic lodging facility off Route 125 in Ripton. They had a nice run, but the long hours of cooking and cleaning had taken their toll.
Joan Bullock recalled often serving “last call” at the inn’s small pouring station in the wee hours, then grabbing a few hours of sleep before descending the stairs to the kitchen by 6 a.m. to get breakfast ready for her lodgers.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday revealed a 0.6-acre North Main Street parcel that is the former home of Vergennes Auto Sales as their choice on which to build a new station for the city’s police department.
Vergennes officials said they have discussed purchasing the land with its owner, but discussed details Tuesday only behind closed doors at the end of their open session.
BRISTOL — The results of a survey distributed by the Bristol Police Advisory Board outside the polls on Election Day indicate that a very slim majority of Bristol voters favor an expansion of the police district to a town-wide police force — just more than 50 percent.
Jim Quaglino, chair of the police advisory board, said that next steps would include the police department and selectboard looking into what the expansion would cost Bristol taxpayers.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermonters know that their communities have an enviable commitment to the local economy — but they may not know that an organization of highly successful volunteer business professionals is available right here in Addison County to help them realize growth in their business.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Nov. 13 meeting urged residents of the city and surrounding towns to fill out a survey that focuses largely on the city’s current and potential recreation offerings.
Mayor Michael Daniels and City Manager Mel Hawley said the survey would not only give city and partnership officials guidance on what to focus upon in improving recreation in Vergennes, but also that the results would support efforts to obtain grant funding to meet that goal.
VERGENNES — Champlain Valley Christian School students in Vergennes recently honored 26 veterans during the school’s sixth annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9. The morning began with a breakfast served by volunteer parents, and was followed with student presentations that included songs and poems. Each veteran was presented with a certificate and a gift from the students to show the school’s appreciation for their sacrifice and time of service.
ADDISON COUNTY — Despite unseasonably warm and thus uncooperative weather, the local rifle deer season got off to a solid start this past Saturday and Sunday with 148 deer reported to seven Addison County weigh stations.
That total represents a 22 percent increase over the 122 deer taken during the opening weekend of the disappointing 2011 rifle season, and it comes on the heels of the most productive Youth Hunting Weekend in at least eight years (see related story).
MONTPELIER (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday shook up the top ranks of his administration, with the announcement of seven senior staff changes.
Chief of Staff Bill Lofy is leaving to join the Democratic Governors Association, which Shumlin hopes to chair after an election in that group next month.
Lofy will be replaced by Elizabeth Miller, currently commissioner of the Department of Public Service. She’ll be replaced there by Chris Recchia, who’s currently the deputy secretary of natural resources.