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November 21st, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas Systems on Tuesday officially filed a petition with the state’s Public Service Board (PSB) to launch its proposed “Phase II” natural gas pipeline project from Middlebury to the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., an action that sets the stage for what promises to be months of debate on the controversial plan.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board has warned school administrators during the past few years about an imminent day of reckoning when budgets will need to reflect fewer staff to serve a steadily declining student population.
FERRISBURGH — After hearing opposition from incumbent town treasurer Chet Hawkins and suggestions from residents at their Tuesday meeting, Ferrisburgh selectboard members decided to step back and reconsider their approach to hiring a new treasurer.
When I was growing up, we never had yogurt in the house. Back in the early ’70s, I only knew one girl who ever ate the stuff, and her parents drove a VW bus. So my mother played it safe and fed us Sugar Smacks, presumably to discourage any antiestablishment leanings.
MIDDLEURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday got its first look at some sketches showing how a new municipal recreation center could be sited on a 2.4-acre parcel of district-owned property off Creek Road.
BRANDON — A mother and daughter were killed in a head-on collision on Route 7 in Brandon just south of Otter Valley Union High School last Friday afternoon.
According to police, Kathryn Long, 63, and her mother Ruth Long, 93, both of Sudbury, were killed when their 2004 Subaru Legacy station wagon crossed the centerline and hit a Proctor Gas truck head on.
Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell said the accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and it prompted police to close Route 7 to traffic in both directions for several hours.
BRISTOL — High winds this past Sunday sent bricks from a downtown Bristol building crashing onto pavement below. Fortunately no one was injured.
Sometime after 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 high winds dislodged hundreds of bricks from the west wall of the structure, located at 24-26 Main St., building owner Cheri Jackman said. The bricks broke one of the windows in the building, which formerly housed The Village Corner Store.
Jackman wasn’t sure when the mess would be cleared.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday evening will interview six candidates interested in filling the vacancy created by the recent resignation of longtime board member John DeVos Jr.
DeVos announced his resignation in an Oct. 22 letter to Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence, citing “recent events” that made it necessary to “step back from some of his responsibilities.”
DeVos had served on the board since the mid-1990s, and Lawrence called his resignation “a tremendous loss.”