Archive - Jul 2012
Updated 7/19/12 2:57 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Arson investigators have ruled that a Thursday, July 19 fire at Mister Ups Restaurant was caused by the spontaneous combustion of bark mulch that had been piled up against the base of the building.
Where to sleep? That was the question. Beneath the roof of the lean-to shelter, or under the much higher and vaster “roof” of open sky and star-filled heavens?
BRISTOL — Sean Wood, Michael Sheehan and Dave Mull skated, ollied, boardsided, heel flipped, and launched their ways to first-place finishes this past Saturday at the third annual BYOBacon Skateboarding Competition hosted by the Bristol Skatepark.
Wood was the winner of the 17-and-under street bracket; Sheehan took home first in the 17-and-under mini ramp bracket; and Mull came away victorious in both the 18-and-up street and mini ramp divisions.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a revised set of zoning regulations that reflect the newly created Historic Neighborhood and Northern Gateway districts, and also endorsed the first rewrite of the city’s subdivision laws since the 1970s.
It was in 2009, after approval of the updated city plan, that officials began revising the related zoning and subdivision regulations.
BRISTOL — After almost a decade of helping shape a proposed town plan, the Bristol Planning Commission may have considered the document for the last time on Tuesday.
At its monthly meeting, the planning commission unanimously OK’d the 42 revisions proposed by the selectboard.
BRISTOL — For roughly half a decade, a local nonprofit has sought to set up the Addison County Dental Center, a dental facility for low- to moderate-income citizens. Now, with Bristol health facilities shifting spaces and one clinic applying for special federal status, chair of the center’s board, Peg Martin, thinks the nonprofit’s stars might finally align in Bristol.
WEYBRIDGE –– Michael Claudon managed to combine three of his passions –– antique clocks, economics and wooden boats –– into one successful business venture.
Claudon started Snake Mountain Boatworks in 2008, opening it for customers in 2011. Before that, he worked with antique clocks and taught economics at Middlebury College. He explained that the jump from restoring clocks to wooden boats is not as farfetched as it seems.
In a fascinating piece this Monday, New York Times columnist David Brooks portrays the presidential race as a battle of defining capitalism in the positive terms represented by Mitt Romney, or those terms cast in the negative by President Obama.
As with all columns that attempt to capture the complexities of a presidential race in a few hundred words, the argument is full of holes, but the premise has considerable merit and Brooks draws several thoughtful insights.