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February 9th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and playwright David Moats is hoping to convince area drama enthusiasts to spend an afternoon in France with the “Branch family” next week.
And those who accept his invitation needn’t board a plane or pack their bags. “An Afternoon in France” promises to be a fast-moving, 75-minute journey into a family’s deepest secrets that Moats will deliver four times on stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater from Feb. 16 to 19.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources officials this spring will roll out a public campaign to raise up to $700,000 to round out the financing of a new $4.2 million transportation headquarters in Middlebury that could be built by early 2013.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police on Monday evening cited Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after VSP received a call from his wife at their Bristol home and were told Webbley’s car had struck the back of their garage.
According to a VSP press release, Webbley’s wife told VSP at about 6:50 p.m. on Monday that Webbley was “intoxicated and that he was a danger to himself and others.”
ADDISON — As town budget crafting season has wrapped up, the Addison selectboard has proposed to spend more in the 2012-2013 fiscal year than its members had budgeted in the current fiscal year — but this year the town has managed to save almost $75,000 that the board is planning to use to lower the town’s tax rate next year.
Meanwhile, in Panton, the selectboard’s proposed budget is lower on its face value, but if residents back four proposed capital funds, net spending could rise slightly in the upcoming fiscal year.
VERGENNES — Outdoor power equipment maker Country Home Products this week spun out its solar hot water systems unit as a standalone company.
The new company — Sunward Systems LLC — will continue to offer residential solar hot water systems, and it will soon roll out a new line of products designed for business establishments, according to its new CEO Tom Hughes.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to dismiss Middlebury Electric LLC’s (ME) draft license application for a small hydroelectric plant at the Otter Creek falls until ME has had more interaction with the town on its proposal.
The request is contained in a Feb. 3 letter and brief submitted to FERC Secretary Kimberly Bose by attorney Matthew Manahan, a Portland, Maine, attorney the Middlebury selectboard has hired to represent the town’s interests.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team took a step forward on Monday, when the host Commodores twice rallied to pin a 46-42 setback on a Harwood team that had earlier handed them a 13-point loss.
VUHS trailed by 11 in the first half and eight in the third quarter before rallying to lead after three, 36-34. Then, with their leading scorer on the bench with five fouls, the Commodores erased a 42-38 deficit with an 8-0 run over the final 2:50.
So it’s winter, and you can’t get your fix of fishing. This is a problem for Vermont anglers every winter, but this year it’s particularly acute because all the outdoor things you do in the winter when you can’t fish require snow. And, as you may have noticed, there isn’t any. Not only is there no snow, but as I write this column it is 46 degrees outside and the long-range forecast offers no promise of significant snowfall in the next 10 days.