Archive - May 27, 2010
As a child I wanted swordfish and artichokes for my birthday dinner. I can’t imagine what came over me to ask for swordfish, but I still crave artichokes every spring the way my mother fixed them: steamed whole, upside down. Perhaps I loved them because they were expensive and made their appearance in northern New England groceries so briefly. Perhaps I loved that they came all the way from California.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Democrat Spencer Putnam confirmed on Tuesday he will make his second bid for the Vermont House in a campaign that will emphasize “sustainability” — a word he will use often in conjunction with the economy, agriculture, health care and energy.
Putnam, 64, a veteran member and officer of the Addison County Democratic Committee and longtime businessman, is hoping to replace current Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven, in the Addison-5 House district that includes Weybridge, New Haven and Bridport.
MIDDLEBURY — Tenor Matt Morgan and baritone Andrew Cummings, in t-shirts and blue jeans, paced the rehearsal space on the ground floor of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater last week. The two New Yorkers were all smiles until their accompanist started up, and then they snapped into character — goodbye, Middlebury, hello, Ceylon.
ADDISON COUNTY — From a respectful color guard marching in Hancock to a two-mile-long extravaganza in Vergennes, local parades will run the gamut this Memorial Day weekend.
And, as befits a holiday established to recognize Americans’ forbearers who gave their lives in service to the country, there will also be plenty of men and women in uniform and expressions of thanks for their service.
MIDDLEBURY — Two area nonprofits, a local art gallery and the former “first family” of Middlebury College are teaming up to establish a new charity that will help Addison County better react to future human services crises.
It’s called the “Addison County Funders’ Collaborative for Emerging Needs” and will be managed by the United Way of Addison County (UWAC) and the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), in recognition of the many philanthropic endeavors of John and Bonnie McCardell.
BRISTOL — In a heated meeting of the Bristol selectboard on Monday night, residents on both sides of a contentious gravel pit debate pressed selectmen to make their opinion known as the proposed Lathrop gravel pit heads toward an Act 250 hearing in late June.
In the end, selectboard members voiced their personal opinions about the proposed pit that has divided residents of the town for more than a half-decade, but left the meeting uncertain about how best to weigh in as an official party in the upcoming hearing.
GRANVILLE — If all goes according to plan, Granville will have a center that serves as a meeting space and a haven for historical research and computer access within five years.
This Memorial Day weekend, the board of directors of the Corner School Resource Center of Granville, or CSRC, will hold its second annual town-wide yard sale and barbecue at the Town Hall, in order to raise funds for the renovation of one of the town’s older one-room schoolhouses.
PANTON — A case involving Panton and the owners of the Vorsteveld Farm made its first appearance in Environmental court on May 24.
The Panton Development Review Board in February voted to pursue a case against the farm because one of its feed bunkers was built in the town’s Jersey Street right-of-way. Selectmen later voted to back the DRB in the case.