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July 12th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas has hired an engineering firm to further refine its plans to extend natural gas service from Chittenden County into Middlebury and Vergennes and has begun to contact potentially affected property owners along the project route in anticipation of filing its final application with Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) before the end of the year.
VERGENNES –– Two Jupiter-sized planets were recently discovered by a research group led by Waltham native Sam Quinn and his adviser, Russel White.
Quinn, 26, graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a degree in astronomy and astrophysics and is now a PhD candidate at Georgia State University.
VERGENNES — A settlement of a site-contamination case should soon pave the way for the restoration of prominent, but long vacant, buildings next to the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes, according to the structures’ owner.
Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky, the principal in Shenandoah LLC, the company that owns the former Haviland Shade Roller Mill and its nearby Annex, said he now hopes in the months to come to revive plans to put shops, office space and condominiums in the two historic Canal Street properties.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury artist Rachel Baird has always dreamed of running her own gallery in which to exhibit inspiring examples of modern and experimental art.
Her dream will officially come true this Friday, July 13, when ZoneThree Gallery marks its grand opening in Middlebury’s Marble Works district with an exhibit featuring paintings by Whiting-based artist Graziella Weber-Grassi.
MIDDLBURY — The Middlebury selectboard and the Lodge at Otter Creek have settled a property assessment dispute relating to the retirement community’s land and buildings off Lodge Road.
The selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to accept a settlement offer from the Lodge that its property be assessed by the town at $17 million, according to Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay.
BRISTOL — Rolling effortlessly through the skatepark off West Street in downtown Bristol, rising Mount Abraham Union High School junior Sean Wood and his friends popped, kicked and flipped their skateboards through the warm morning air.
They were polishing up their best tricks in preparation for the third annual BYOBacon Skateboard Competition at the Bristol Skatepark on Saturday, July 14. Organized by The Hub Bristol teen center, local teens and volunteer Jason Fitzsimmons, the competition is free and open to all ages.
FERRISBURGH — About six years after the developers of the Pierce Woods received Ferrisburgh and state permits for their 21-lot planned residential development (PRD) off Stage Road, the lots have yet to be formally marketed.
But that status for what is the second-largest housing subdivision ever approved in Ferrisburgh could change in the coming months, according to town resident David Shlansky, one of the principals in the company that owns the land and is developing it.
MIDDLEBURY — Construction is slated to begin next month on a project that aims to beautify and improve public access to the riverfront area of Middlebury’s Marble Works complex, which fronts the Otter Creek falls.
It was last February that the Middlebury selectboard agreed to earmark $70,000 from the town’s conservation fund to improve the riverfront, a magnet for tourists seeking views of the spectacular falls. Such a project, officials noted, would also enhance the shopping experience for folks at the Marble Works and in the rest of downtown Middlebury.