VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School is closed today, Monday, Dec. 1, due to a steam leak that damaged several classrooms this past Friday, Nov. 28. On Monday afternoon Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials announced that school would remain closed on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
“Today, we are conducting our air quality assessment and also planning some classroom re-locations and moving of materials, equipment, etc., which is taking longer than expected,” ANwSU Superintendent JoAn Canning said in a post on the anwsu.org website.
BRISTOL — The Have A Heart Food Shelf has had a great holiday season so far, in no small part due to a recent upgrade that expanded the Bristol nonprofit’s storage space and a successful food drive sponsored by area fire department.
“It’s filling right up,” said food shelf director Rebecca Price.
In October, crews finished a renovation of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol, which included the expansion of the pantry and upgrades to the kitchen. The food shelf operates out of the basement of the West Street church.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has agreed to establish a “pop-up park” on the soon-to-be-cleared Lazarus Building spot at 20 Main St. Middlebury College bought that building earlier this year and gave it to the town to raze in order to widen the adjacent Printer’s Alley access to the Marble Works, and to make way for replacement of the nearby Main Street railroad overpass.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County Superior Court judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a local man against the town of Middlebury, Middlebury College, the Addison Independent and Bread Loaf Corp. The plaintiff, Middlebury resident Alpine Bingham, alleged the defendants’ collective actions unduly influenced the electorate prior to votes held earlier this year on the $6.5 million municipal building/recreation center project.
VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes kicks off its new Movie Club on Friday, Dec. 5.
The Movie Club will offer a free monthly film screening followed, after a short break, by an optional discussion. Popcorn will be served.
The Dec. 5 event features a 6 p.m. screening of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (PG-13). Local screenwriter Alex Jay Dubberly, whose Bixby Library screenwriting workshops have been a particular hit with participants, will introduce the film and lead the discussion.
VERMONT — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning that hundreds of Vermont consumers have reported receipt of recorded robocalls or live phone calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS agents. The caller threatens legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not paid immediately. The callers then direct the consumer to call a phone number and make immediate payment by credit card or other direct means of payment. This is a scam.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week reached a consensus on tweaks to the city hall’s floor plan and asked City Manager Mel Hawley to start getting estimates, with work to begin as soon as January.
The first focus, said aldermen and Hawley, will be to convert into a meeting room the largest of the three rooms left vacant by the police force’s recent move.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has decided to reopen its negotiations with Anders Holm as he seeks to re-establish a hydroelectricity operation at the Otter Creek falls.
Holms’ long running plans to construct a 1.6-megawatt hydro turbine near the falls has been at a standstill for more than two years. Holms owns the building at 56 Main St., right next to the picturesque falls. Operating as Middlebury Electric Co., he wants to install a water turbine to generate electricity from the swiftly flowing water that runs underneath his building.