April 28th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Chuck Burkins and Lars Hubbard met 17 years ago and began brewing beer together as a hobby. Next month, they hope to roll out their first barrel of whiskey at their new distillery in Middlebury.
“Distilling is something that’s fun, and we love things that taste good,” Hubbard said. “There’s chemistry involved. We had to do a lot of MacGyvering to make things work.”
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on April 22 heard good budget news from City Manager Mel Hawley on two fronts, annual spending and the city’s new police station.
Hawley said despite what he called a rough winter, Vergennes Public Works Department spending is under budget — even its $50,000 line item for sand and salt, which has $9,000 remaining.
“I think we’re in good shape,” he said. “That’s not the sort of story you hear from other municipalities.”
NEW HAVEN — In a rural region like Addison County, nearly everyone, even people not involved in agricultural businesses, sees a farm almost every day. Not surprisingly, many people develop an interest in getting their hands in the soil and taking part in agriculture at the level of the home garden.
BRISTOL — The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy this week announced they have completed the first phase of the Bristol Gateway Conservation Project. The two organizations had been working with the community on the project for many years and recently completed a successful local fundraising campaign. Now the 346-acre Farr property — comprising farmland, forest, and a natural area — is protected from future development.
The second phase of the project, the conservation of the adjacent Fuller farm, will be completed in early summer.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary has selected three junior girls from Vergennes Union High School to attend Green Mountain Girls’ State this year. The Auxiliary will sponsor Arianna Duprey, Hannah Hatch and Tia Hunt as they spend the week of June 15 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes American Legion Post 14 will be sponsoring four Vergennes Union High School delegates to Green Mountain Boys’ State, held June 15-20 on the campus of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville.
Dana Ambrose, Erik Eisenhower, Liam Hayes and Lucas Paquin were nominated by faculty and staff based on leadership, character and honesty, cooperativeness, community participation and service, and scholarship.
PANTON — In recent meetings the Panton selectboard made a number of appointments and began considering how to fill two key openings.
On April 8, the board began dealing with the vacant Panton seat on the Vergennes Union High School board, a position most recently held by Karrie Beebe, and a vacancy on the joint planning commission/development review board, a position most recently filled by Ben Chamberlain.