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October 14th, 2010
ADDISON, Vt./CROWN POINT, N.Y. — At 1 p.m. this Saturday afternoon, two ferries on Lake Champlain will sound their horns for a crowd of people gathered at the Crown Point Historical Site.
The horn blasts will mark the one-year anniversary of the emergency closure of the Champlain Bridge, an event that plunged area businesses into months of struggle and wreaked havoc for the hundreds of people who daily commute across the lake.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — An ideal pairing of partners is often referred to as a “match made in heaven.”
Jaclynne Reed and Frank Wootten can truly lay claim to that maxim in light of an airborne exchange of vows this past Sunday, in a celestial ceremony that was also heavily steeped in numerology. The couple has the interesting distinction of having been married on the 10th day of the 10th month in the 10th year of this century at 10 a.m. at 10,000 feet.
Neither bride nor groom is likely to forget her or his anniversary date anytime soon.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday, Oct. 19, will begin asking the public’s help in crafting what district officials predict will be one the most difficult budgets ever put together for Middlebury Union Middle School and High School.
MIDDLEBURY — Calculators, pens, pencils and computers are common tools of the trade among auditors.
Vermont State Auditor Thomas Salmon said he uses an extra, figurative tool in his arsenal: A spotlight.
“You’ve got to have a guy like me that wants to facilitate turning the lights on,” Salmon, who is running for re-election this Nov. 2, said during a Monday interview at the Addison Independent.
The 47-year-old Republican from St. Johnsbury faces opposition from Doug Hoffer of Burlington, who defeated former state Auditor Ed Flanagan in a Democratic primary contest in August.
MIDDLEBURY — Doug Hoffer, Democratic candidate for state auditor, has based his campaign on two principles: asking tough questions of government and state policies, and making sure the numbers cited in studies and reports — as well as those used by the Legislature and political leaders — contain the full picture of any issue, not just a slice of the pie to favor one political perspective over the other.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission is gearing up to start another round of attempted revisions to the town’s zoning regulations over the course of the next eight weeks.
At their next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and at those following, members of the planning commission will review the five downtown zones — Village Business, Village Mixed, General Business, Village Residential 3 and Village Residential 2. Members of the commission will also address the Conservation Zone, in as far as it relates to gravel extraction and to the area where this particular zone nudges the downtown.
LEICESTER — In front of a group of his peers on Tuesday morning, third-grader Noah Witt’s hair was standing on end.
This wasn’t just some kind of pre-Halloween trick. Standing in the National Science Center Mobile Discovery Unit — an 18-wheeler — Witt was feeling the effects of static electricity being pumped through his body by a Van de Graaf generator.
Students from Leicester Central School, Whiting Elementary School and Sudbury Country School gathered in Leicester on Tuesday to spend an hour inside the semi-trailer truck equipped with a full array of science gadgets.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and the owner of the Grist Mill Island in the Otter Creek Falls have reached a deal that both sides hope will end both an ongoing Development Review Board permit process and Environmental Court case that together have lingered for more than two years.