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HUNTINGTON — Bob Spear often stood this summer, staring silently at the disaster wrought by a July flood. A rainstorm had ripped a deep ravine outside his Birds of Vermont Museum, destroying the entrance walkway and cutting off access to bird-watching trails in the woods.
Trees tipped precariously over the edge of the ravine, its bottom a tumble of gravel, exposed culverts and debris. Repairs may cost $40,000 or more, money the museum doesn’t have.
BRISTOL — Town officials are inching closer to selecting a location for a new firehouse in Bristol. In a presentation to the Bristol Planning Commission Nov. 18, the Fire Facility Site Selection Committee recommended two sites for further vetting.
MIDDLEBURY — Well-known Vermont contralto Linda Radtke will join St. Stephen’s Church organist George Matthew Jr. in the first concert of the third annual Noontime Advent Series this Thursday, Dec. 5, at the church on the Middlebury town green.
All three of the concerts in the series begin at 12:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the free performances, and brown bagging is encouraged.
SHOREHAM — Martin Veit and Sophie Gerry were both active cyclists until a fateful day this past fall in Shoreham when an allegedly drunken driver knocked them off their bikes and onto a long road to recovery. Neither of the two unrelated bikers have gotten back into the cycling saddle since the sixth annual Tour de Farms back on Sept. 15, when police say Brian E. Miller, 54, struck the pair as they were riding along Route 74 west of Shoreham village.
ADDISON COUNTY — United Way of Addison County is joining a promotion dubbed “#GivingTuesday” that aims to inspire people to take action to improve their communities and give back to help create a better world for everyone.
On Dec. 3 — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — #GivingTuesday will leverage social media to create a national movement dedicated to giving, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been positioned to be synonymous with holiday shopping.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Nov. 26 chose a manager of Charlotte’s Point Bay Marina to fill a vacancy on the board created by the October resignation of longtime selectman John DeVos Jr.
Steve Gutowski, 60, was the pick among a field of six candidates that selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence described as strong across the board.
“They all were great candidates, and each offered something valuable and different,” Lawrence said.
VERMONT — Vermont’s hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time — Dec. 7-15.
A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. In addition, a hunter who received a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit may take one antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) designated on the permit.
ADDISON COUNTY — Three local high schools have combined forces for the first time to put on a joint chorus concert of a Vivaldi masterwork.
Choruses from Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Middlebury union high schools will stage the performance on Thursday at 7:00 at the VUHS gymnasium.
“It’s really neat to combine forces, like how Vergennes and Mount Abe share a football team,” Mount Abraham choir director Megan LaRose said.