Archive - Nov 9, 2009
ADDISON — Transportation officials from Vermont and New York on Monday announced that the Champlain Bridge that spans Lake Champlain between Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y., will be demolished.
The bridge was closed abruptly on Oct. 16 after an inspection of the 80-year-old bridge revealed structural deficiencies in two of its 11 concrete piers.
COLCHESTER — The top-seeded, undefeated Colchester High School football team scored on two of its first three possessions Friday and held on for a 12-7 victory over visiting No. 4 Middlebury in a Division II semifinal marked by tough defense.
The 10-0 Lakers moved on to this weekend’s D-II final vs. No. 3 Champlain Valley, which defeated No. 2 Mount Mansfield, 21-14, also on Friday.
The Tigers, a team with just nine seniors and featuring many sophomores in key roles, finished the season at 7-3. They lost twice to the Lakers, and once to CVU.
Senate President Pro Temp Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith are right to question the alleged benefits of allowing Entergy to spin off its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant (and five others) into a separate holding company called Enexus. On the face of it, the spin-off does little more than free Entergy, a debt-free and profitable company, of future expense while creating a new company — loaded with debt — to shoulder the burden of decommissioning five aging nuclear plants in the not-so-distant future.
Finding the benefit to Vermont in such a deal is perplexing.
CORRECTION: This article originally reported that David Fenster would be sworn in at the Addison County courthouse at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. In fact, Fenster will be sworn in at 3 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Deputy State’s Attorney Christopher Perkett confirmed on Thursday that he will not challenge incoming prosecutor David Fenster in the November 2010 election.
ADDISON — Earl Bessett watched the one-seater bomber plane approach from the gunner stack of the USS Hunt. As it skimmed overhead, its wingtip just feet from where he stood, Bessett saw the man inside of the open cockpit: a Japanese kamikaze fighter with a red scarf flowing out behind him. In the year and a half he had served on the ship, Hunt had never been so close to being killed.
BRISTOL — “Fire at will!” shouted Mount Abraham Union High School physics teacher Tom Tailer, raising his air horn high above his head and sounding the start of the war games with a loud blast.
Decked out in a cap and vest, the cuffs of his pants tucked into his boots, Tailer looked the part of the army commander he played last Thursday. At his signal, the battlefield outside of the Bristol high school erupted into a melee.
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Seniors at Middlebury College are studying the harvesting standards for biomass at the college's new biomass plant, which the college fired up last winter.
VERGENNES — After more than a year of research and cooperation with the Vermont Department of Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is ramping up a major community-wide effort to address alcohol abuse among teens and young adults.
That effort began in January 2008, when the Department of Health gave the club a three-year, $360,000 Strategic Prevention Framework grant from a pot of federal funds.