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August 22nd, 2016
VERGENNES — While Bixby Memorial Free Library officials and patrons last week celebrated recent work that allows more people to enter the city landmark at the same time (see related story), the library board members are also amid a months-long process that will help them decide how the Bixby will use its new capacity.
By the end of the year, Bixby officials intend to have in place a new strategic plan that should cover at least the next three years.
PANTON — Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont officials will come to Panton on Tuesday morning to announce a community-wide energy transformation project there intended to reduce energy costs for homeowners and businesses, lower their fossil fuel use, and improve their comfort.
According to a GMP press release, the effort “will put Panton at the forefront of energy innovation in Vermont as the first town to know its total energy use, cost and carbon, giving it the ability to track energy and carbon-saving improvements.”
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department last month took delivery of a new pumper fire truck that is making a tremendous difference in how efficiently and safely department firefighters can deal with fires and other incidents, according to Fire Chief Bill Wager.
“It’s a big step forward,” Wager said. “The truck was designed primarily for safety and enhanced service, and our ability to provide more services from the same vehicle.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College community is mourning rising senior Murphy Roberts, who died on Sunday, August 14, while hiking in Southern Utah.
According to a college press release, Murphy experienced a seizure related to his Type 1 diabetes, which caused a fall that resulted in a series of complications. He was never in pain and passed with his parents and siblings by his side. The rising political science major and member of the college’s ski team was 22.
CORNWALL — A Cornwall resident’s generosity is resulting in an unexpected and very literal “windfall” for the Bingham Memorial School.
The resident, Cynthia Haynie, is donating a 10kW wind turbine to the school, an amenity expected to trim the elementary school’s annual electricity bill by up to $1,500 while providing a hands-on tool for students to learn about renewable energy.
MIDDLEBURY — It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for a job that entails dragging themselves out of bed and into a snowstorm in the middle of the night because someone’s fire alarm went off. Although being able to help those in need is the main draw for many fledgling firefighters, the realities of firefighting also involve extensive training, unpredictable hours and, especially for the leaders of fire departments, the mundanity of administrative tasks.
MIDDLEBURY — The second annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) will begin rolling this Thursday, Aug. 25, with a four-day extravaganza for the senses, headlined by the screening of 77 films produced by some of the country’s budding cinematographic talents (see related story).