August 24th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — When Paul Lengyel was helping build the former Middlebury wastewater treatment plant off Seymour Street more than three decades ago, he never imagined he would someday land a job at a new municipal treatment plant that would eventually replace it.
But that’s just what happened.
And after 35 years tending to Middlebury’s water and sewer systems, Lengyel decided to hang up his wrench and pager and retire this past Friday, Aug. 14.
VERGENNES — Vergennes recently received more than $200,000 of good financial news, City Manager Mel Hawley told city council members at their Aug. 18 meeting.
Most of that money came in the form of two grants, Hawley said, one of $144,000 to support paving projects on South Maple Street and Panton Road and one of $45,000 to pay most of the cost of a new culvert on South Maple Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Back-to-school time is the perfect time to retool family and home routines. The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury brings parenting expert Vicki Hoefle to Middlebury Chocolates on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. to help parents get their kids, and their home life, in order. She shows parents how to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting each child’s unique needs.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the 2015 summer winds down, the Addison County Sheriff’s Department along with other state and local law enforcement agencies will be ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving.
The 20-day, high-visibility campaign, “2015 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) and Vermont State, County, and Local law enforcement agencies to curb impaired driving and save lives.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury presents “From Life in West Africa, to Enslavement in Virginia, to Freedom in Vermont: an African American Saga,” a multimedia presentation by Dr. Jane Beck, on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m.
This free event celebrates the publication of Beck’s book “Daisy Turner’s Kin: An African American Family Saga.” Refreshments and informal conversation with the author will be followed by her presentation, discussion and book signing.
SHELBURNE — Shelburne Vineyard’s Fall art exhibit, “Fall’s Call,” will feature the photographs of Lincoln artist Victoria Blewer beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1 and hanging through Nov. 30. An artist’s reception will be held at the Vineyard Tasting Room on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 2-4 p.m., where visitors can meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cheese and crackers. Wine will be available for sale by the glass.
“Fall is my favorite time,” Blewer said, “it seems so simple and so perfect.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Arts Council recently awarded Middlebury Studio School with a Project Grant with monies from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This grant will be used to collaborate with local social service organizations to provide low-cost pottery and art classes to the following nonprofit community organizations: the Counseling Service of Addison County, the Addison County Parent/Child Center, Mary Johnson Children’s Center and Community Associates. MSS will hold these classes at 2377 Route 7 South.
VERGENNES — The annual Little City Races in Vergennes will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29, during the 34th annual Vergennes Day celebration. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Stevens House, adjacent to the Vergennes city green. Races start at 9 a.m.