June 30th, 2011
I took my son Mark to play in a baseball game in Burlington last week. Turns out the game was canceled because of rain, but we never got word until we were already at the Burlington High School field. So I found myself with a little extra time to spend in the big city. And, not wanting two hours of driving to be completely wasted, I stopped by a fly shop to buy some fly-tying supplies.
VERGENNES — About four dozen state, local and nonprofit officials on Monday morning joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Armory Lane for the groundbreaking ceremony of a long-awaited and — according to all — much needed senior housing and meeting center.
The $5.8 million, 25,000-square-foot building next to American Legion Post 14 and the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza will include a library and meeting and dining rooms. It will also host local senior lunches and provide a home for the area’s Meals on Wheels program.
VERMONT — Addison County residents whose homes or businesses have been damaged by recent severe storms and flooding should be aware that many federal and local programs are now in place to help aid the recovery process.
Whether you are an individual whose property has sustained damage that impedes your ability to get to work, or a company that has seen a downturn in business due to flood-related damages, you may be eligible for aid from the state — but you won’t know if you don’t apply.
VERGENNES — Quick action by a Vergennes teenager may have saved a young child’s life on June 19.
Travis Kilburn, 19, was fishing at the Ferrisburgh Slang at about noon that day when a boy he estimated at about 6 or 7 years old slipped off a rock at the edge of a cement platform and fell into water roughly 11 feet deep next to the bridge there.
Kilburn, who has been fishing regularly for the past 10 years, reacted quickly.
HINESBURG — The town of Shoreham has netted a $50,000 Vermont Community Development grant that will round out funding for an ongoing expansion project on the town’s Platt Memorial Library.
ADDISON COUNTY — What will happen to power rates for Addison County residents if the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closes next year?
According to spokespeople at the state’s two largest utility companies — Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) — not too much.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School rising juniors Nate Wulfman and Micah Lynch are packing their bags and preparing to jet to China next week for what for both will be a first ever trip to Asia.
Part of a six-student team that draws from high schools across the state, Wulfman and Lynch will explore southern China for 20 days as participants in Green Across the Pacific’s (GATP) Chinese-American Environmental Youth Leadership Program.
BRISTOL — When John Freidin founded Vermont Bicycle Tours in the early 1970s he never imagined that 40 years later the company would grow to annually serve 5,000 travelers in 26 countries. He didn’t know of any businesses at the time that were based on bicycle touring.
A young Middlebury College professor of history, Freidin recently recalled that he was trying to escape the world of academia. On the suggestion of a colleague, he and a fellow professor took an overnight bike trip through Vermont.