Archive - Feb 2011
MIDDLEBURY — In the middle of a calm, somewhat institutional hallway in the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a door opens into a magical world.
A cloud of Christmas ornaments and pinecones hangs from the ceiling. Along one wall leans a sculpture of a fireplace, made from thin slices of cedar trunks glued together side by side. Fabrics and birch bark add color and texture to every corner.
Somewhere in the decoration is the room’s primary purpose: a washbasin, dryer and set of implements for cutting hair.
BRISTOL — John Moyers has thrown his hat in the ring along with incumbent John “Peeker” Heffernan for a two-year seat on the Bristol selectboard.
Both will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in Bristol.
Moyers, who has yet to hold an elective office, has long been eyeing a spot on Bristol’s zoning board and planning commission, but after failing to get appointed to either, opted to try for the selectboard seat.
FERRISBURGH — Forget apples — in this case, you could say the sap doesn’t fall far from the maple tree.
Sam Cutting IV, president of Vermont foods retailer Dakin Farm, recently received the “2010 Maple Person of the Year Award” from the Vermont Maple Industry Council, a group formed to promote and protect the branding of Vermont maple syrup. He’s following in the footsteps of his father, Sam Cutting III, who won the same award 25 years ago.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) met with Lara Getz, one of 22 students evacuated earlier that week from Middlebury College’s study abroad program in Alexandria, Egypt.
Getz, a student at Tulane University, visited the senator in Washington, D.C., to thank him for his help in getting the students transportation out of the country in the face of an escalating public uprising against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in the country.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Friday had little trouble winning its fifth straight game, 6-0 against visiting Lyndon.
The 9-2-1 Tigers pelted Lyndon goalie Derrick Colburn with 50 shots, while at the other end Tiger netminder Max Longchamp made seven stops against the 1-12 Vikings.
MONKTON — On Wednesday morning, fire ravaged the Bristol Road home of Tom Cousino in Monkton.
According to Monkton Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Layn, the call was made by firefighter Robert Howard, who noticed the house was on fire on his way to work, around 6:45 a.m.
Cousino was asleep in the house at the time, but awoke coughing from the smoke. He climbed out of his bedroom window and slid down the shed roof, according to Layn.
UPDATE 2/4/11: After the Independent went to press, a union representative clarified to the paper that the strike would only be put on hold if a settlement were reached.
Negotiations broke down on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday the teachers set a strike deadline of Feb. 9 unless the two groups could reach a settlement by then.
BRISTOL — It looks like a strike by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers has been avoided — for now.