June 5th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — State and local fire officials remain uncertain as to what triggered a Wednesday evening blaze that did substantial damage to the production area at Vermont Soap at 606 Exchange St. in Middlebury
David Shaw, assistant chief of the Middlebury Fire Department, said he and other firefighters were returning from a call in the Stonegate Drive area at around 9 p.m. on June 4 when they received reports of smoke emanating from the Vermont Soap building.
ADDISON COUNTY — Tuesday’s stormy weather forced suspension of two local high school teams’ lacrosse playoff games and the postponement of a third.
When they finally played on Wednesday afternoon, the biggest stunner came in D-I girls’ lacrosse, where No. 11 Essex knocked off No. 5 MUHS. In a milder upset, No. 9 Stratton eliminated No. 8 Mount Abraham in D-II boys’ action, where also No. 4 Rice ousted No. 13 VUHS.
MUHS GIRLS STUMBLE
MIDDLEBURY — When G. Kenneth Perine joined the National Bank of Middlebury in 1987 as a vice president and residential mortgage lender, he thought he had found his perfect career perch.
“It was all I expected,” Perine said during a recent interview. “I just wanted to work for the hometown bank.”
Eventually the Middlebury native found that he would not only work for it, he would lead it.
MIDDLEBURY — We’ve all heard the old saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
Well, children and teens (ages 2 through 18) who find themselves in Middlebury this summer will have access to free lunch regardless of their resources, thanks to new household income demographics that allow Addison County’s shire town to finally meet federal guidelines as a summer meal site.
NEW HAVEN — An array of around 500 solar panels is slated to be erected in New Haven off Town Road this summer. It’s a project whose funding has an interesting twist.
The solar photovoltaic project, which recently received its Certificate of Public Good (CPG) from the Vermont Public Service Board, was facilitated by the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op in collaboration with Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Misty Knoll Farm of New Haven, and Encore Redevelopment of Burlington.
BRIDPORT — Bridport Central School Principal Kathleen Kilbourne will be leaving her position this month to take the top administrative post at Castleton Elementary School.
Her recently announced departure will result in the district hiring an interim principal to direct Bridport Central for the coming school year, during which officials will search for a permanent replacement.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the exception of lacrosse, the playoffs followed form on Wednesday for area high school teams.
In softball, the Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley squads — the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 seeds, respectively, in Division II — all won one-sided games without allowing runs, while No. 7 Fair Haven ousted No. 10 Middlebury.
In baseball, No. 7 Otter Valley, the defending D-II champion, advanced, while in D-I No. 11 MUHS lost a heartbreaker to No. 6 Rutland.
VERGENNES — June 19 will mark the first of what organizers hope will become a monthly city promotional mainstay — a Vergennes Arts Walk.
Organized by the Vergennes Partnership and city art galleries Creative Space Gallery and Studio V, and backed by more than a dozen businesses and nonprofits, the Vergennes Arts Walk will offer a variety of visual arts and music and try to duplicate the success of similar events in other Vermont towns.