ADDISON COUNTY — Many people have been glad to see a break in the rain that has seemed almost constant over the last month. But for those who till the soils and milk cows the wet weather has combined with depressed milk prices and high fuel costs to create what some are referring to as a perfect storm for swamping Vermont’s dairy industry.
Gov. James Douglas this week called for federal disaster assistance to aid dairy farmers and said he would convene a special dairy summit by the end of the month to see what more could be done.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of the Vermont Public Service Board were scheduled to be in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow this Thursday, June 15, to size up Anders and Peter Holm’s plans to install a water turbine that would generate hydroelectricity from the Otter Creek Falls.
The Addison Independent first reported in March that the Holms were considering the possibility of installing a water turbine beneath their Main Street building that borders the Otter Creek Falls.
Their plan has since gained some new momentum and some additional power. Anders Holm said the turbine as currently envisioned would we able to generate 3 to 5 megawatts of electricity, up from the 500 kilowatts to 1 megawatt that had been originally anticipated. That kind of juice, Holm said, could supply power to “a large portion of the town of Middlebury” at times when the Otter Creek is robust and churning.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
BRISTOL — As the Mount Abraham Union High School community reels from the death of junior Ryan Wendel, who was killed in a car crash only hours after graduation last Saturday, faculty and staff are working to accommodate the needs of students who have been affected by the loss.
Principal Paulette Bogan sent a letter home with students on Monday explaining the details of the accident, in which the car Wendel was driving plummeted 50-feet down an embankment into the Beaver Meadow Brook in Lincoln. Two other MAUHS students who were passengers in the car and two others who were following in a second car struggled courageously to right the overturned 1992 Saab and save the life of the 16-year-old Bristol resident.