May 2nd, 2011
WEST ADDISON — When the Champlain Bridge closed on Oct. 16, 2009, Crown Point resident Jean Breed found herself among the legions of New Yorkers lining up at 4:30 a.m. for the For tTi Ferry, or driving 1,000 miles a week through Whitehall, N.Y., to get to her job at Goodrich Corp. in Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County resident Jeanne Montross is organizing an effort to acquire the movie inventory from Waterfront Video’s Middlebury store.
Waterfront Video recently announced it was closing its Middlebury store. Managers had announced a movie sale to the general public during the month of May, but Montross — with others — hopes to pull off a bulk purchase of the store’s more than 16,000 titles and eventually make them available for loan to the community.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Thursday, county residents bordering on Lake Champlain watched with bated breath as lake levels climbed to record-breaking heights.
As of 4:30 p.m. April 28, lake levels had topped out at 102.24 feet above sea level, then begun to slowly decline. The levels were far above flood stage, which is set at 100 feet, and they had already bested the previous record height of 102.1 feet, which was set in 1869.
MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, received a lot of feedback on Tuesday in wake of the Senate’s passage, by a 21-9 vote, of a bill that lays the foundation for a single-payer health care system in Vermont.
But perhaps none of the feedback touched her as much as a message she got from the parents of her new grandchild, who turned two years old this week.
MIDDLEBURY — The improved 2011 version of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team moved to 2-0 on Monday, when the Tigers defeated visiting U-32, 4-0, in a rain-shortened match.
A year ago, a Tiger team with only eight players often had to forfeit either a singles or a doubles match against each opponent finished 3-11. This year, Coach Franz Kollas’s team doubled in size to 16 and has healthy competition up and down the ladder for spots.
Every so often I become obsessed with the idea of getting a puppy.
This wouldn’t be so bad, except that my fantasies of dog ownership rarely factor in the true rigor of that sort of project. You see, I grew up with no pets, on the fifth floor of a 100-year-old apartment building in New York City (read: no elevator).
We began the Great Real Estate Adventure-Dilemma (GREAD) back in February.
For me, our new home would be the sixth place I’ve occupied in the past seven years. African herdsman move less often than I do.
Like all naïvely optimistic would-be homeowners, we were sure that we would find several great places to choose from.
MIDDLEBURY — When Jennifer Wagner auditioned for a role in “The King and I” with the Middlebury Community Players, she never expected to find that the musical about a British woman in 19th century Siam had local historical connections.
But a chance trip to Manchester earlier in April brought the play, which on Thursday begins a two-week run at Town Hall Theater, a little closer to home. In Manchester, she stumbled upon the tombstones of Shoreham natives Asa and Lucia Hemenway, who served as missionaries to Siam (now Thailand) between 1839 and 1850.