November 21st, 2016
VERGENNES — The long-awaited, $4,000 report from the inspection of the Vergennes city pool arrived in early November and suggested up to $150,000 of “remedial work.” City officials do not believe all that is recommended is necessary — especially the two biggest-ticket items that could cost up to $135,000.
NEW HAVEN — Since shortly after its glory days supplying wool blankets and uniforms to Union troops during the Civil War, the Vermont wool industry has been struggling to regain its footing.
Now a New Haven farm is taking part in a UVM study to determine the feasibility of using wool as an environmentally friendly building insulation. Researchers hope this use could create a whole new market for the 100,000-some-odd pounds of wool that’s sheared each year off Vermont sheep and give a much-needed boost to the state’s sheep industry.
Editor's note: The article that originally appeared under this headline was an older pipeline story; it is replaced below with the correct story as it appeared in the Nov. 21 print edition of the Independent. We appologize for the error.
VERMONT — Vermont Gas Systems is wrapping up installation of the bulk of its Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline while it awaits court action on a 2,000-foot section in Geprags Park in Hinesburg.
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of a new Middlebury dog park are in the stretch drive to raise the final $3,000 it will take to pay for the fencing that will encircle the roughly two-acre property adjacent to the Porter Medical Center campus. Boosters would like to see construction begin on the park before the snow flies, though they will not begin work until they have the entire $15,000 fence budget in hand.
MONTPELIER — Tim Ashe will be the next president pro tem of the Vermont Senate.
The 39-year-old Chittenden County Progressive Democrat was unanimously nominated to the top post by his peers in a Democratic caucus last Monday night.
Ashe ran unopposed on Monday, but Addison County Sen. Claire Ayer earlier made a bid for the top leadership position in the Legislature’s upper chamber. Sen. Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden, also sought the post.
MIDDLEBURY — Mike Cooley, Fire & Ice’s head chef, hasn’t always envisioned himself in a kitchen. As an undergraduate, he studied English literature and pre-law at Frostburg University in Maryland. But one day, during a dishwashing gig at a local saloon he took to earn some extra cash, the head chef put him on the line.
FERRISBURGH — Craig Heindel, head of the town of Ferrisburgh’s Vermont Green Line Committee, told the Ferrisburgh selectboard last Tuesday that the committee that day had received a new draft of a “Host Town Agreement” from the companies proposing to bury a major power line along town roads between Kingsland Bay and Route 7 and then south to New Haven.
However, Heindel said, the agreement, while containing reams of documents relating to technical aspects of the project, lacked an essential component: It failed to show Ferrisburgh the money.
By now it should be common knowledge that Havurah, the worship, education,and community center for Jews in our area, was vandalized on Nov. 14. The swastikas scrawled on the door to the building can only be interpreted as an expression of hatred intended to arouse fear. The Middlebury Area Clergy Association, an interfaith organization representing ALL faith traditions in our area, is deeply saddened by this event — and similar events across our country springing from the spiteful tone of the election season.