September 29th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday welcomed a new member into the fold: Susan Shashok, a local entrepreneur who will for the next five months fill a vacancy created by Selectwoman Janelle Ashley’s recent resignation.
Shashok and fellow East Middlebury resident Eric Murray had both declared interest in succeeding Ashley until the next municipal elections in March. At that point, the remaining year on Ashley’s term will be up for grabs on the Town Meeting Day ballot.
ADDISON COUNTY — Riding out of Hancock in the back of a pickup truck just two days after flooding pummeled the town, Denise Goodnow made her way to work as principal at Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School, where she knew she could count on her students to help her hometown.
“People (in Hancock) weren’t in need of clothing. They weren’t in need of food. They weren’t in need of hygienic products,” Goodnow said.
VERGENNES — A 34-year-old resident of the John Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter died early Wednesday morning from unknown causes after she tried to rob the nearby Champlain Farms convenience store at knifepoint, Vergennes police said.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted 146-78 in favor of a $250,000 bond issue that will pay for final design and engineering work for a proposed major overhaul of the Seymour Street and East Middlebury fire stations.
Tuesday’s successful vote was a precursor to what will be a final, $4.625 million bond referendum for the project, which would result in a new fire station in East Middlebury and a substantial expansion/renovation of the department’s Seymour Street headquarters.
VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes has been awarded a federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant worth $133,313 that will fund a sixth full-time member of the city’s police department for the next three years.
City Manager Mel Hawley said a condition of the grant is that Vergennes must agree to retain the position for at least one more year, meaning that the city force will expand for at least four years.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School senior Ben Parsons said something unusual happened this past Wednesday, Sept. 21.
“The students in my morning meeting don’t stop talking for very long,” Parsons said. “They stopped talking while they watched the video.”
MIDDLEBURY — After six years at the helm of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Jan Albers is ready to write the next chapter in her professional life.
Albers confirmed on Tuesday that she will be stepping down as executive director of the Sheldon — the repository of some of Addison County’s most treasured historical documents — effective this Friday, Sept. 30.
“The average stay for a museum director is five years, and I have been here for six,” Albers said with a smile.
MIDDLEBURY — “I believe there is no greater challenge and opportunity to Vermont and our world than the challenge to change the way we use and produce energy,” wrote Gov. Peter Shumlin in the first sentence of the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan draft.
When Shumlin appointed Elizabeth Miller to be commissioner of the Department of Public Service (DPS) early this year, she was charged with the task of overseeing the development and completion of a new comprehensive energy plan by the end of 2011 — the first update to the energy plan since 1998.