Archive - Feb 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and playwright David Moats is hoping to convince area drama enthusiasts to spend an afternoon in France with the “Branch family” next week.
And those who accept his invitation needn’t board a plane or pack their bags. “An Afternoon in France” promises to be a fast-moving, 75-minute journey into a family’s deepest secrets that Moats will deliver four times on stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater from Feb. 16 to 19.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources officials this spring will roll out a public campaign to raise up to $700,000 to round out the financing of a new $4.2 million transportation headquarters in Middlebury that could be built by early 2013.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police on Monday evening cited Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after VSP received a call from his wife at their Bristol home and were told Webbley’s car had struck the back of their garage.
According to a VSP press release, Webbley’s wife told VSP at about 6:50 p.m. on Monday that Webbley was “intoxicated and that he was a danger to himself and others.”
ADDISON — As town budget crafting season has wrapped up, the Addison selectboard has proposed to spend more in the 2012-2013 fiscal year than its members had budgeted in the current fiscal year — but this year the town has managed to save almost $75,000 that the board is planning to use to lower the town’s tax rate next year.
Meanwhile, in Panton, the selectboard’s proposed budget is lower on its face value, but if residents back four proposed capital funds, net spending could rise slightly in the upcoming fiscal year.
VERGENNES — Outdoor power equipment maker Country Home Products this week spun out its solar hot water systems unit as a standalone company.
The new company — Sunward Systems LLC — will continue to offer residential solar hot water systems, and it will soon roll out a new line of products designed for business establishments, according to its new CEO Tom Hughes.
Since moving into our old farmhouse five years ago, Mark and I knew we’d eventually like to make some improvements. With a combination of indecision, insufficient funds and outright hostile disagreement, however, we’ve never gotten around to any renovations. But this winter’s oddly pleasant weather has given us the opportunity.
OK, OK. We’d had numerous people stop and ask various members of the Addison Independentstaff about the new décor on our southern-facing roof.
We put up two banks of solar panels on our roof late this fall, and they’ve generated a lot more interest than I might have expected. So, here’s the story:
We’d had a slow leak in our roof this past fall, ruining a ceiling tile or two, and causing us to push the photocopier off to the side for a couple days. Nothing major, but something to fix.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police filed felony burglary and grand larceny charges after the Feb. 1 theft of more than $2,400 from the GoGo Gas Station, and also added a heroin possession charge for one of the two people allegedly involved in the burglary.