May 12th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Planning Commission will be circulating two new surveys to better discern, and help solve, the obstacles that young families are finding as they look for housing in the community.
At issue are two, seven-question surveys drafted by the commission’s housing subcommittee. One of the surveys will be distributed to people who have purchased homes in Middlebury within the past year and a half, according to Town Planner Eric Blair.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven selectboard at its April 1 meeting appointed a slew of residents to town positions.
The selectboard unanimously made the following appointments: Rick Shappy, town energy coordinator; Earl Bessette, John McKinley and Paul Audy as fence viewers; Phyllis Smith, representative to the Addison County Solid Waste District; Richard Higbee, inspector of lumber, shingles and wood and weigher of coal; Michaela Granstrom as library trustee; and Dave Wetmore, 911 coordinator.
BRISTOL — Bristol police arrested a student who they allege assaulted another student on school grounds this past Wednesday.
According to police, Bristol resident Jacob True Lathrop, 18, was a passenger in a car that pulled into the Mount Abraham Union High School parking lot on May 7. A student who knew Lathrop reportedly called out to him, allegedly making “teasing remarks.” Police said Lathrop got out of the car, grabbed the schoolmate by the neck and lifted the youngster off the ground.
MIDDLEBURY — The summer of 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Otter Creek Child Center (OCCC) in Middlebury. The center will hold a celebration to mark the occasion on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, face painting, a bounce house, balloon art, a slide show, arts and crafts and a group photo at 1 p.m. Otter Creek will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks for a picnic lunch and is asking attendees to bring a side dish or salad to share.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Congressional delegation will host a White House cabinet official at Middlebury College on Friday.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch for a panel on energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change.
The panel will be held at the McCullough Student Center at 10 a.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is open to the public.
FERRISBURGH — Construction will begin soon on the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline extension that will serve Vergennes and run about three miles along Plank Road from a new New Haven distribution station to Route 7 and from there to the city, according to company officials.
Along the south side of Plank Road, the pipeline extension will pass through parts of Ferrisburgh and Waltham as well as New Haven, and it could serve homes in those towns, said Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark late last week.
SHOREHAM — Some came displaying colorful banners, bearing such slogans as “Tap lines, not gas lines,” and “Plant trees, not pipelines.”
Others recited poems and prayers.
All who walked up to the microphone spoke passionately.
MIDDLEBURY — “Timing is everything,” or so the old saying goes. And unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be worse for the Harrison family of Middlebury — at least as it pertains to graduation ceremonies this year.