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February 11th, 2013
ESSEX JUNCTION — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union schools, and schools in the northern half of Addison County in general, were well represented at the sixth annual Jr. Iron Chef Vermont competition on Feb. 2 at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, 75 middle and high school teams from all over Vermont participated in the competition.
MIDDLEBURY — Construction of Middlebury College’s new squash facility, the first project scheduled in a major upgrade to the college’s South Main Street athletics complex, will be complete by October for the fall squash season. Phase one of construction — initial site work — started in November 2012 and was completed in December 2012. Construction will resume when phase two of the squash project begins late this month.
MIDDLEBURY — After several years of standing idle, the former Chittenden Bank property at One Court Square will soon reopen for business under new ownership.
The Vermont Federal Credit Union on Jan. 23 closed on a deal to buy the former bank property for $850,000. Work crews are now busily gutting the 4,800-square-foot building so that it can be occupied by Vermont Federal employees who are currently operating out of the credit union’s 1,200-square-foot headquarters at nearby 24 Washington St.
MONKTON — Monkton’s Development Review Board has denied a contentious application for a 39.5-acre quarry proposed by Michael and Allan Brisson’s Brisson Stone LLC because the quarry would have extracted bedrock and crushed it for gravel, which the board said was prohibited. The quarry was to be managed by David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company.
Brisson Stone and Burchfield will likely appeal the Monkton DRB’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court, Allan Brisson told the Independent in a telephone interview.
MIDDLEBURY —The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op of Middlebury has signed a joint development agreement with Encore Redevelopment LLC of Burlington to collaborate on the development of local solar projects in Addison County.
VERGENNES — Ivor Hughes of Monkton, an ardent hiker and backpacker, will present “The Klondike Gold Rush — A Nostalgic Journey to Retrace the Prospectors’ Footsteps” at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Robert A. Orsi, a distinguished historian of American Catholicism, will give a lecture, “Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned: Children, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Making of 20th-Century Catholicism,” at Middlebury College on Thursday, February 28. The lecture will be held at McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.
STARKSBORO — The ground is frozen, the creeks are shelving with ice, and water critters are still comatose, but the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative is busy gearing up for the 2013 spring-summer season of taking water samples from our local streams and rivers.