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November 16th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Rain gardens are designed to be both attractive and functional, to enhance a property and make people happy while they do the dirty work of trapping and filtering stormwater, thus keeping pollutants out of the lake, explained LandWorks landscape architect Patrick Olstad, who designed the 2013 rain garden at the Marble Works.
MIDDLEBURY — “We’re going to cut out a lot of asphalt,” said Patrick Olstad, a landscape architect with LandWorks, in describing his firm’s plan for updating a part of Rutland that should decrease water runoff — and therefore pollution — into Otter Creek.
VERGENNES — Addison Superior Court Judge Samuel Hoar Jr. on Nov. 2 dismissed a civil lawsuit filed against Vergennes by an East Street resident that was related to the city’s failed attempt to build a preschool playground near the city’s East Street swimming pool.
That quarter-acre project, originally estimated at $42,000, was to be funded by a $21,000 grant and by another $21,000 from the city’s Water Tower Fund. City officials walked away from the playground proposal when the cost escalated after a year of delays.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven has announced a free work-in-progress script reading in Middlebury for his next planned film project, “Wetware,” a noir thriller set in the near future and based on Craig Nova’s novel of the same name. The reading will feature local actors, and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Town Hall Theater. This is the second of two readings; the first is on Nov. 15 in Burlington.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes native and his wife returned to the United States from a world air rifle competition with some medals in their pockets.
Doug Miller, who graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1962, and his wife, Vipha, competed for Team USA at the WRABF World Benchrest Championships in Brisbane, Australia, this past summer.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN) will hold a “Vigil for Climate Justice” at Triangle Park in Middlebury on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
This action will draw attention to and support the Paris Climate Talks beginning Dec. 1. The global climate movement 350.org, whose origins can be traced directly to a student movement at Middlebury College, is organizing actions all over the globe, and Middlebury will be one of those sites.
VERGENNES — After one final debate on downtown housing regulations, this past Tuesday night, the Vergennes City Council adopted new zoning laws as proposed by the city’s planning commission.
The section in question as approved on Nov. 10 will allow property owners in the Central Business District to install first-floor or basement apartments, but only if the units do not front on streets, cannot be seen from streets, and do not take up more than 20 percent of a building’s footprint.
VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has released a draft copy of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for a period of public comment, which will run through Dec. 18. Officials will be in Middlebury next week to explain the RAPs, which aim to clean up Lake Champlain.