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November 21st, 2012
BRISTOL — At their Monday, Nov. 19 meeting, Bristol selectboard members approved the Bristol Energy Committee’s recommendation to convert the town’s leased streetlights from metal halide to the more energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights.
An assessment by the energy committee had determined that the conversion to the more efficiently powered lighting would save the town $7,190 per year on its electric bills and take 18,000 kilowatt hours of energy off of the electric grid — all at no cost to the town.
BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has approved a $53,700 loan that will help create incubator space for start-up businesses and expand a local fiber mill’s operations.
MIDDLEBURY — Terri Arnold, 55, had been looking for a new adventure, and now she’s about to relocate cross-country to Middlebury to live it.
The Middlebury selectboard last week appointed Arnold as the town’s new director of parks and recreation. She currently lives in Langley, Washington, where she serves as director of South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District on Whidbey Island.
MIDDLEBURY — Carol Peddie was closing in on her 50th birthday in 2009 and decided it was time to make some changes in her life. One of the biggest changes was in how she would define the word “vacation.” To Peddie, a vacation now means traveling throughout the world improving the lives of strangers less fortunate than she.
MIDDLEBURY — Peter Padua hadn’t thought much about testing his artistic abilities until he was a senior in high school in New Jersey. It was 1941, the same year as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Padua — who enjoyed his wood shop class — thought he would try his hand at his first carving: A mountain deer, her head craned way back as if staring at the stars.
FERRISBURGH — After more than a decade of planning and effort and a few setbacks along the way, the 13-year-old dreams for Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum to become a major Underground Railroad history site and dramatically expand its ability to handle visitors is a giant step closer to reality.
Brandon general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders recently finished a two-story, roughly $1.5 million visitor center on the Route 7 site that will go by the name the Rokeby Museum Underground Railroad Education Center.
ADDISON COUNTY — Will Stevens — a state representative and co-proprietor, with his wife Judy, of Golden Russet Farm — stands in the kitchen of his Shoreham farmhouse, talking to a customer on his landline wall phone. He confirms the produce pick-up schedule, then stops mid-sentence, frowning.
“Hello?” he says, then hangs up with a resigned shrug.
HANCOCK — Vermont State Police arrested three Hancock residents on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine on Tuesday, Nov. 20, following an investigation at their respective homes off Route 125.