April 26th, 2010
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials said it was with unusual regret that they accepted the April 13 resignation of Neil Curtis from the city’s planning commission after almost seven years of service, the past three-and-a-half as its chairman.
Curtis, 42, oversaw the first full rewrite of the Vergennes city plan in decades, an effort that consumed most of his tenure, and also served those seven years on the Vergennes Development Review Board.
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It seems as if Brandon’s quarrying history has been reborn with the Route 7 road work just south of town. Unlike in the 1800s, when Brandon enjoyed its heyday as a marble quarry center, the work is now being conducted with enormous excavators and front-end bucketloaders, the kind my young boys love to watch in videos. The dump trucks lined up and waiting to be loaded are size of those we see at Omya’s open house each year.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite playing its most competitive game of the season, the young Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team lost to visiting Mount Mansfield on Monday, 12-6, on its first effort on a still-soggy Fucile Field.
The 0-3 Tigers scored the game’s first goal and also struck first in the second half to make it 6-3, but the 1-2 Cougars scored three goals in 58 seconds midway through the third quarter to regain control.
One of my life’s regrets is this: When I was young and foolish — which is to say, before I became middle-aged and foolish — my father offered me a fly-tying tool kit that once belonged to my great-grandfather.
ADDISON COUNTY — On April 18, 1970, police officers spent the day in Addison stationed at the Vermont terminus of the Champlain Bridge, handing out trash bags to motorists on their way into the state and asking that they clean up the roadsides during their drive.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the official deadline for U.S. residents to mail in their Census form — April 16 — passed, Addison County as of Monday stood right at the Vermont average for compliance, 65 percent.
That average also equals Vermont’s 2000 rate of mail-in participation of 65 percent, although the nation as a whole lagged the 2000 compliance number, 72-71 percent, as of Wednesday. The U.S. Census Bureau will update those figures through Friday, and the 2010 national rate could still equal that of 2000.
MIDDLEBURY — Cody Gohl had his audience at “Hello.”
“There are three things that you need to know about my family,” the Middlebury College freshman drawled into a microphone in front of a packed house at one of the college’s informal social spaces last week.