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April 24th, 2014
VERGENNES — Although hurdles must still be cleared, the Vermont Department of Education has jointly awarded Vergennes Union elementary and high schools a five-year, $767,426 grant to establish an afterschool program at VUES, preserve and enhance the VUHS afterschool and summer school programs, and enhance the VUES summer school program.
ADDISON COUNTY — How will Vermont ensure that the landscape is not overrun with suburban-type sprawl? One state-funded board is betting that a new cider press, an egg washer and a portable sawmill will help.
The Working Lands Enterprise Board recently awarded $300,000 in grants to 19 businesses across the state, including three in Addison County. The local recipients of grants were Windfall Orchard in Cornwall, Doolittle Farm in Shoreham and Green Mountain Hardwood in Ripton.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas officials are reaching out to Salisbury and Leicester officials to begin a public information campaign about its “Phase III” pipeline project that could deliver natural gas to Rutland County as soon as 2020.
BRIDPORT — Cheese curds? Really? Isn’t that what’s left after you make cheese?
Julie Danyew gets that question all the time. She’s the cheesemaker at one of the newest Addison County cheese producers, Bridport Creamery, which started selling the delicious cheese curds last September.
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the warming shelter at Middlebury’s Memorial Baptist Church termed the facility’s first season a solid success, with service provided to 32 homeless people who received a combined total of more than 450 bed nights during what was one of the coldest Vermont winters in recent memory.
MIDDLEBURY — A decade after its latest and most ambitious expansion to date, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (MNFC) officials will spend this year engaged in a long-range planning process to determine how the store might further grow in response to a steady demand for additional space and products.
BRISTOL — A committee charged with finding a location for a new firehouse recommended a site to the selectboard on Monday.
The Bristol Fire Facility Site Selection Committee recommended a site on West Street that includes property owned by the Bristol Recreation Club and an adjoining lot owned by Ed and Susan Shepard.
“That’s our number-one site, when it comes down to it,” committee member Sean Oxford said.
ADDISON COUNTY — Having earned recognition from Yankee and Bicycling magazines as a top-level destination for cycling, bicycling enthusiasts in Addison County look to expand offerings for bikers this summer with the Green Mountain State’s first fondo-style event.