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January 24th, 2011
WHITING — Whiting Elementary School’s ordinary morning routine was disrupted by an extraordinary visit on Friday, when a baby was delivered in one of the school’s classrooms.
Tim and Corey Smith of Castleton were hurrying up Route 30 to Middlebury’s Porter Hospital mid-morning Friday when circumstances forced them to make a sudden change in their plans.
SHOREHAM — I hear the howls before I can even see Lissy Heminway’s house in Shoreham. Their loud cries reverberate off the trees and into my ears, making me think I’m entering into some kind of coyote reserve.
As my car pulls up to the house on Shacksboro Road and I see the huge pen of 12 or so dogs hugging the fence, I remember where I am. Today I’m going dog sledding.
FERRISBURGH — Last Wednesday evening, the first fire chief of South Burlington Bud Monell handed Chief Bob Jenkins an antique fire alarm bell. Jenkins took the bell, and rang it twice.
“That’s dinnertime, he says,” Monell.
Just minutes before, as Monell stared out over the room of hundreds of volunteer firefighters, he became choked up. He was overwhelmed.
“I thought I would see just 40 or 50 or something like that,” he told the crowd, reminiscing about past dinners and former colleagues.
MIDDLEBURY — As it has for the past four years, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team continues to scale unprecedented heights.
This past weekend’s sweep of two home NESCAC games — on Friday with a dramatic rally vs. Wesleyan and on Saturday with a dominant effort against Connecticut College — moved Coach Jeff Brown’s Panthers to a program-record 15-0.
Middlebury (4-0 NESCAC) is also ranked No. 5 in the d3hoops.com NCAA Division III poll, another high-water mark.
Of the many ideas to come out of the Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission’s 18-month study, the over-arching plan to tax residents on “adjusted gross income” rather than “taxable income” strikes the right chord and should receive the Legislature’s overwhelming support.
BRISTOL — The heart of the Bristol village may be pumping with a little more economic energy soon.
Local businessman Kevin Harper at Monday’s selectboard meeting rolled out the plan for Bristol Works! LLC, a project slated to redevelop the former Autumn Harp plant on Pine Street and turn it into mixed-use property that ultimately will include a health clinic, school district offices, light manufacturing and housing units.
BRISTOL — What’s got students at Bristol Elementary School staying after class for hours each day?
The answer lies in just four letters: B-A-S-K.
This fall, the two-decade-old Bristol After School Kids program, known locally as BASK, received a 21st century makeover. New workshops like acoustic guitar lessons, yoga and tech club are getting kids involved and excited about the program that has been ramped up thanks to a five-year, 21st Century Learning grant that Bristol Elementary was awarded this school year.
MIDDLEBURY — Local residents on Jan. 27 will be offered a glimpse of some building options for one of the largest developable spaces remaining in downtown Middlebury.
The 1.5 acres of usable land in question consists of two side-by-side lots, one owned by Middlebury College and one by the town of Middlebury. The land is located behind the Ilsley Public Library, near Otter Creek and the new Cross Street Bridge.