July 4th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has unanimously endorsed a proposal to install a 650-panel, 150-kilowatt solar array project on municipal land behind the local police headquarters on Lucius Shaw Lane. Organizers hope to be producing energy by the end of the year.
The project, being spearheaded by the Acorn Energy Co-op, would generate an estimated 172,500 kWh of electricity each year — enough to provide electricity to 30 average-sized homes, according to organizers.
BURLINGTON — On Wednesday the Addison County American Legion baseball team coasted past host Burlington, 12-3, in a game rescheduled after an earlier rain-out. The win, AC’s fourth straight, moved the local nine to 4-2 in the Northern Division and 4-4 overall.
Bringing the possibility of siting a methadone clinic in Middlebury to the selectboard’s attention at a meeting last week was the right action taken by the Counseling Service of Addison County. Whether a clinic is eventually sited in Middlebury or not, as CSAC Director Robert Thorn said, the community still needs to address what is an apparent problem throughout the county and state.
MIDDLEBURY — In the past 10 years, national security threats have come to be almost synonymous with terrorism.
But the security threats that top the list of Julie Smith of the University of Vermont Extension are of a different nature: They include foot and mouth disease, dangerous weather in livestock production centers, and anything that could disrupt U.S. agricultural systems.
MIDDLEBURY — When Middlebury College is in session, the school’s radio station, WRMC 91.1-FM, experiences such high demand for radio shows from its student body that it can fill every hour of the week with original programming, and still must turn away aspiring DJs.
During the summer, the complexion of the station’s weekly schedule looks — and sounds — considerably different.
SHOREHAM — The Fort Ticonderoga Ferry has finally started its 2011 season after a seven-week, flood-related delay that has taken a financial toll on the system’s owners.
“Things seem to be going better right now,” said Alison Matot, who co-owns the ferry with her husband, Michael. The historic cable-drawn ferry links Shoreham with Ticonderoga, N.Y., across Lake Champlain. Were this a “normal” year, the Matots would have been able to fire up the ferry back in late April.
NEW HAVEN — The gymnasium in the New Haven Town Hall will be closed for energy efficiency renovations from July 5 until the start of the school year.
The Mary Johnson summer children’s program that runs throughout the summer will not be interrupted, town officials said, but indoor basketball players will be forced to venture outdoors.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and former town fire chief Bob Jenkins, still an active officer of the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department, recently decided to step down from the selectboard.
Jenkins’ letter of resignation simply cites “personal reasons.” On Thursday, he said he enjoyed many aspects of his service on the board, but preferred to devote his time and energy to the fire department.
“I can get back to my firefighting, and that’s my life, anyway,” Jenkins said.