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February 13th, 2017
ORWELL — State police in Vermont and New York are looking for a couple of Vermont men who went missing after they went snowmobiling on Lake Champlain last Thursday; they have already found their snowmobiles in the lake.
FERRISBURGH — Two candidates who would be first-time selectmen are competing this winter for an opening on the Ferrisburgh selectboard, Dennis Armell and Rick Ebel. Ferrisburgh residents will choose between the two men in Australian balloting on March 7.
Armell and Ebel are seeking to replace Jim Warden, who will step down after 12 years on the selectboard. Meanwhile, incumbent Selectman Jim Benoit is running uncontested for re-election on the Town Meeting Day ballot.
BRISTOL — Come Town Meeting Day on March 7, Bristol voters will be looking at a slate of candidates largely unopposed and largely made up of incumbents.
An important exception will be the choice between selectboard Chair Michelle Perlee and first-time candidate Lance Laliberte — both competing for Perlee’s three-year seat on the Bristol selectboard.
Aside from the Perlee-Laliberte race, there are no other contests on the Bristol ballot.
SALISBURY — After seeing only 52 competitors in last year’s Lake Dunmore Ice Fishing Derby due to sub-zero temperatures, and 130 the year before, the 2017 edition of the derby saw a big leap in participation with 192 adult fishers taking part and 20 youth competitors.
“It was huge, we did really well this year,” said Katie Cole of Kampersville Store, which hosted the derby on Feb. 4-5.
MIDDLEBURY — It has indeed been a fruitful winter for the development of services for terminally ill patients and their families.
First, in January, Porter Medical Center officials announced that Dr. Diana Barnard was joining the fold to lead the hospital’s palliative care programming.
MIDDLEBURY — Sammy Barnes and Greg Alexander have been willing to hand over the keys to their business if they believe new ownership can take it to the next level.
And they have found that potential in the folks at Burlington’s “Kiss the Cook,” who this week are slated to close on a deal to buy Otter Creek Kitchenware and Electronics on Middlebury’s Merchants Row, the business Barnes and Alexander launched in 2014.
GOSHEN — Sarah Griswold, Blueberry Hill Inn’s winter chef, might be new to Vermont, but she’s been cooking like a farmer since she was a child.
Griswold grew up on a sheep farm in Danbury, Conn. There, she ate from the garden, canned her own fruits and vegetables, and learned to cook with food she grew herself. In the summertime, she worked with her uncle, who had a catering business based in Rhode Island.
“I’ve loved it since I was little,” she said.
MIDDLEBURY — Existential questions make us do funny things: Some buy candy-apple-red convertibles; others die their hair and head to Los Vegas. Carolee Ploof, did neither. Instead, she opened her own flower shop, Middlebury Floral and Gifts.
“At the end of the day,” Ploof asked herself six years ago, “what have I really accomplished?”
Well, a lot actually; let’s review: