Archive - Dec 2011
MIDDLEBURY — As the weather turns chillier, it’s time to migrate indoors. And there are few holiday traditions more time-honored than visiting the museum.
Those who live in and around Addison County’s shire town are lucky enough to have a first-class museum housed in a center that also hosts hundreds of performances each year, many by internationally renowned artists. It is, of course, the Middlebury College Museum of Art.
ADDISON COUNTY — As Tim Bouton, emergency response planner for the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, made his local rounds after Tropical Storm Irene, he urged towns to drastically rethink their roads, public buildings and other infrastructure and get them out of the flood plain.
MIDDLEBURY — New England Quality Service LLC (NEQS) is seeking zoning permission to acquire a large metal shredding device for use at its Wyre Wheel location at 4079 Route 7 south.
The shredder, according to company officials, will allow NEQS to recycle metal debris — including cars and washing machines — more quickly and efficiently.
Neighbors, meanwhile, told the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Monday that they want to make sure the new equipment doesn’t bring more noise and traffic to the area.
RUTLAND — The days of sorting paper from plastic are over, at least in the recycling bins of Casella Waste Systems customers in Southern Vermont.
Casella unveiled its new, state-of-the-art, zero-sort recycling facility in Rutland on Nov. 18 with much fanfare. Gov. Peter Shumlin was the headliner at the grand opening attended by over 200 area business leaders, local and state officials and Casella employees.
Here's a provocative idea that makes total common sense, and yet it’ll float about as well as a bunch of lead balloons.
Tim Bouton, emergency response planner for the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, was talking in general about what has been learned in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene (and before), including the general premise that roads, and some villages, should not be located in flood plains.
BRISTOL — Bristol-area school administrators are looking for people who are interested in their schools’ food systems, wish to see more local foods in public schools or think food education is important.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union administrators are seeking input from these people and all members of the public as the ANeSU aims to restructure the food system of all six of its schools.
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s difficult to evaluate the relative impact of a hard-working scorer and a vital defender on the success of a soccer team.
In the case of the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ squad this fall the task proved virtually impossible, other than to say that both senior striker Grayson Webb and senior sweeper Zack Ellison played key roles as Coach Mike Corey’s Eagles reached the Division II semifinals.
For years, I’ve spoken out against shopping on Black Friday. But this year, for the first time, I almost joined the wild, deal-grabbing crowds.
I’m not opposed to Black Friday in theory. On the contrary; I can think of no better way to kick off a joyful Christmas season than by abandoning all goodwill toward others in the shameless and maniacal pursuit of cheap material goods. I just prefer to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving the way our Founding Fathers intended it, by lying around all day eating leftovers and napping.