June 30th, 2014
What kind of project qualifies for a “certificate of public good”?
A project that provides a boost to the local economy could enhance “the public good,” if it created new jobs, particularly in a low-employment area. A project that provides infrastructure that enhances the functioning of the community in some way, such as a highway that improves the traffic flow.
Sunday, June 8, was a gardener’s paradise. Coming on the heels of a long cool spring, the weather felt deliciously warm and sunny and the perfect afternoon for the annual Middlebury Garden Tour, run as a benefit for the Sheldon Museum.
MORE THAN 80 classic MG automobiles from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s roared and rumbled their way into Middlebury last week for a New England MG T Register club gathering. Check out the story here.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday made final their decision to adopt a $2,087,959 city budget that means a 9-cent increase in the municipal tax rate, of which 7 cents will pay for the new Vergennes police station.
The new rate aldermen adopted on Tuesday to solely fund city services, not schools, is 72.5 cents, up from the current 63.5-cent rate.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems announced Tuesday that it has secured all the permits it needs for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, but the company has little more than half of the land easements it needs to complete the project.
The South Burlington company had been waiting on permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had already secured all necessary state permits.
MIDDLEBURY — Manu Feiber has been making regular visits to Middlebury from his home in Germany every summer since he was an exchange student here in 2003 and 2004. When he made the trans-Atlantic visit this month it was a little different than usual.
This time, Feiber brought with him 50 members of the prestigious Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir.
ORWELL — Many political candidates find themselves competing in multiple elections before finally winning a seat in the Vermont House. Some never quite muster enough votes to get in.
Then there’s Alyson Eastman, a first-time candidate who finds herself with no competitors in her bid for the Addison-Rutland seat representing Benson, Orwell, Shoreham and Whiting. Barring a successful write-in challenge, Eastman, an Orwell independent, will take the place of Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, when the Legislature reconvenes next January.
MIDDLEBURY — This past weekend, approximately 175 owners of vintage MG sports cars gathered in Middlebury for a New England MG T Register sponsored event featuring a rally, educational tours and entertainment.
The New England MG T Register, or NEMGTR, was celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. The organization was co-founded by 84-year-old Dick Knudson, a native of Mechanic Falls, Maine, and the late Frank Churchill, formerly of Middlebury, who died in a car accident in 1999. The event began on Wednesday, June 18, and ran through Sunday, June 22.