June 17th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Energy Committee Chairman Jason Kaye last week served notice to the Middlebury selectboard that he will participate in peaceful efforts to disrupt construction of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline into town, and asked board members if such activity might preclude him from serving on the panel.
At their June 14 meeting, selectboard members replied they will continue to endorse Kaye’s stewardship of the committee, provided his pipeline protests stay nonviolent and within the spirit of civil disobedience.
There is something mysterious and secretive about a Lady’s Slipper flower that almost takes your breath away. What could it possibly be hiding inside that elegant pouch? And who is it trying to seduce?
Actually this special show is not for people at all! It is all part of an elaborate scheme to lure an unsuspecting bee into delivering pollen.
MIDDLEBURY — Mike Quinn was driving a taxi in New York City 45 years ago, not sure where life was going to take him.
Well, it’s been a long, enjoyable trip, and Quinn, 68, is now ready to drive into the next chapter of his life after a 44-year teaching career that included 37 years as a physical education instructor at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School.
“When I started teaching, Richard Nixon was president, nobody knew of Watergate, and many of my colleagues weren’t even born at that time,” Quinn said.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council this week will be studying a $1.848 million draft general fund budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 that, if approved as is, could raise the city’s municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.
A 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate would translate to an additional $180 of annual taxes for a $200,000 home.
That spending does not include the user-supported sewer budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley on Tuesday also recommended a $34 annual increase in the per-unit sewer rate.
NEW HAVEN — Don’t try to drive from one end of River Road in New Haven to the other.
Construction crews closed part of the road that runs between Routes 116 and 7 on Monday as they began reconstruction of Bridge 10, which spans the New Haven River at the end of Halpin Road.
The bridge, which is 1.1 miles east of Route 7, is closed to all traffic, and according to the contractor’s schedule it will remain closed through Aug. 27.
STARKSBORO — On May 19 at 5 a.m., the three-man Starksboro road crew raised their morning cups of coffee and celebrated a brand new day. On that Thursday, Road Foreman Tom Estey and crewmembers Paul Porter and Tony Porter began work out of the new town garage, completed on time and on budget.
“I still pinch myself every once in a while and go, ‘Yeah, it’s real,’” said Estey.
The 7,800-square-foot garage just north of the town’s Route 116 fire station is worth a gander (see open house information below).
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday agreed to support a local group’s quest for a $300,000 grant to fund public art and “creative community-building activities” along Exchange Street, work that could be done in concert with an already confirmed plan to extend sidewalk along that busy road that leads into the town’s industrial park.