November 3rd, 2011
PANTON — Over the past 17 years many Panton residents have sat on the town’s selectboard, while town debates have focused on how to fund needed work on Panton Town Hall, how to word new town plans and zoning laws, and how to get a handle on rising tax rates.
But there has been one constant during those years: Sue Torrey has served as Panton Town Clerk and greeted residents and other visitors in the office nestled in the town hall basement.
MIDDLEBURY — A family seeking to install a small-scale hydroelectric project at Middlebury’s Otter Creek falls has won permission to take advantage of a streamlined federal review of the plan and is looking for investors to help finance eventual construction.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 200 area residents laced up their sneakers and filled up sponsor sheets for what was a record-setting Addison County Crop Hunger Walk on Oct. 2, an event that raised $24,705 for programs to feed the hungry.
The 34th annual Crop Hunger Walk was organized by Addison County clergy and culminated in a 2.2-mile jaunt through Middlebury on what was a fairly chilly, rainy day.
VERMONT — In the wake of a September incident in which Vermont State Police detained illegal immigrants identified in a traffic stop, the role of state law enforcement in federal immigration enforcement has come under scrutiny.
The incident at hand was a traffic stop on I-89 that led to the detention of two migrant farmworkers and an investigation of Trooper Jared Hatch, the officer involved.
THETFORD — Five runners from Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools raced to top 10 finishes in Saturday’s Division II cross-country championship races at Thetford Academy, but the Tiger boys were edged out in their quest to repeat as D-II champions.
Harwood, last year’s runner-up, placed first in the D-II boys race with 59 points, nipping both the Tigers, who were third with 67 points, and Woodstock, who took second with 61 points.
MIDDLEBURY — For Vermont microbrew enthusiasts, the shuttering of The Shed Restaurant and Brewery in Stowe on Oct. 17 w as a sad occasion.
But Monday brought brighter news: Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury agreed to purchase the brewing arm of the 46-year-old Stowe fixture from owners Ken and Kathleen Strong, and announced plans to transfer the brewing equipment down to the Middlebury location and begin brewing The Shed’s signature Mountain Ale.
I stood thigh deep in a favorite large pool on the New Haven River working the deep channel at the tail. Wes Butler stood on the far bank working the inlet and a swifter channel where the current undercut a steep bank.
Between us we covered the pool thoroughly with a mix of nymphs and black and white wooly buggers, drifting and bouncing along the bottom as well as stripping through the current. But nothing stirred. No flashes of silver, brown, or rainbow red to suggest anything hungry and tempted by our offer.
VERGENNES —Vergennes police recently investigated two cases of fraud, one of which resulted in a $400 loss and the other involving a laptop purchase.
On Oct. 27, police were told by a downtown store employee that the employee had told a resident to stop sending money to a company that had promised the resident a $2.5 million prize. The resident had already sent away $400 before being advised to stop.