September 1st, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — For 33 years, organizers of the Middlebury Festival on-the-Green have been able to draw a steady stream of talented entertainers to the heart of Addison County’s shire town for a week of free music and family fun.
Now organizers are appealing for an infusion of new talent within their own ranks in order to keep the annual festival successful and vibrant into the future.
“We are at an energy crossroads,” said Festival on-the-Green President Gale Hurd.
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In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, a statewide push is on to offer up helping hands or monetary and supply donations. While communication to some towns is still difficult and the full extent of the damage is still not yet tallied, people across the state are in need of housing, food, supplies and help rebuilding.
BRANDON — Schoolchildren in Brandon, Leicester, Whiting and Goshen, as well as in the rest of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, got three extra days of summer vacation courtesy of Tropical Storm Irene.
After a flurry of meetings, officials from RNeSU and the town of Brandon on Tuesday decided to postpone the beginning of the school year until Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the wake of Sunday’s epic flooding.
ADDISON COUNTY — Officials at the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Monday afternoon were continuing to work toward full recovery of the roadways around Addison County and Vermont that were flooded on Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Irene swept through Vermont.
In Addison County the flooding appears to have been less severe than in other parts of the Vermont. According to Chris Cole, VTrans Director of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development, the southern counties Bennington and Windham were hit especially hard.
ADDISON COUNTY — Driving rain and wind gusts exceeding 30 miles per hour toppled trees into telephone lines, cutting power to thousands of Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers.
At about 10 a.m. Monday, CVPS was reporting 2,518 outages in Addison County and GMP was reporting 91. More than 55,000 customers lost power statewide, with officials warning it could be days before electricity was completely restored.
RIPTON/MIDDLEBURY — In a scene somewhat reminiscent of the flooding of August 2008, Route 125 from East Middlebury to Ripton experienced washouts in three locations as Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Addison County Sunday.
In one location, the Middlebury River took out a swath of guardrail, noted Ripton Selectman Richard Collitt.
“It’s nothing as serious as 2008,” Collitt said, harkening back to a brutal stretch of rain that erased several portions of Route 125 and took out entire sections of some local roads in Ripton, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Goshen and Hancock.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents who use the municipal water system were told to boil their water Sunday after officials became aware that flooding may have contaminated a part of the system.
Bristol water users were told to boil their water for five minutes before consuming it until further notice. Officials hoped to rescind the order as early as Wednesday, but at press time the order was still in effect.
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In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, hundreds of local residents are still reeling from her damaging effects. To help us all better weather this storm, the Independent wants to know how you and your towns were impacted. What better way to share your experiences and stories than through a picture?