July 4th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — In the past 10 years, national security threats have come to be almost synonymous with terrorism.
But the security threats that top the list of Julie Smith of the University of Vermont Extension are of a different nature: They include foot and mouth disease, dangerous weather in livestock production centers, and anything that could disrupt U.S. agricultural systems.
MIDDLEBURY — When Middlebury College is in session, the school’s radio station, WRMC 91.1-FM, experiences such high demand for radio shows from its student body that it can fill every hour of the week with original programming, and still must turn away aspiring DJs.
During the summer, the complexion of the station’s weekly schedule looks — and sounds — considerably different.
SHOREHAM — The Fort Ticonderoga Ferry has finally started its 2011 season after a seven-week, flood-related delay that has taken a financial toll on the system’s owners.
“Things seem to be going better right now,” said Alison Matot, who co-owns the ferry with her husband, Michael. The historic cable-drawn ferry links Shoreham with Ticonderoga, N.Y., across Lake Champlain. Were this a “normal” year, the Matots would have been able to fire up the ferry back in late April.
NEW HAVEN — The gymnasium in the New Haven Town Hall will be closed for energy efficiency renovations from July 5 until the start of the school year.
The Mary Johnson summer children’s program that runs throughout the summer will not be interrupted, town officials said, but indoor basketball players will be forced to venture outdoors.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and former town fire chief Bob Jenkins, still an active officer of the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department, recently decided to step down from the selectboard.
Jenkins’ letter of resignation simply cites “personal reasons.” On Thursday, he said he enjoyed many aspects of his service on the board, but preferred to devote his time and energy to the fire department.
“I can get back to my firefighting, and that’s my life, anyway,” Jenkins said.
VERGENNES — The Bixby Memorial Library board of trustees has chosen longtime Addison Independent advertising manager and Addison resident Jane Spencer to fill its newly created position of library director.
After 31 years at the Independent, 28 leading its advertising department, Spencer will officially assume her new job on Aug. 29, said Bixby board of trustees president Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm.
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Leave it to the biggest show boaters in professional sports to steal the sports headlines even in their off-season.
The NFL lockout is the most disheartening sports story of the last decade — and possibly the previous one as well. Worse than “(insert star college athlete) receives (insert inappropriate side benefit)” scandals. Worse than officials accepting bribes to tip games. Worse than steroids.
Why? Because it’s never been so blatantly obvious that we, the fans, have been completely forgotten.
MIDDLEBURY — State and local health care administrators are studying the possibility of opening a methadone clinic in Middlebury, a plan that has some local officials concerned about the prospect of such a service producing a spike in drug-related crime in Addison County’s shire town.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine. It is used as pain reliever, but also as part of a treatment plan to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs.