August 17th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — Today, “eating local” is all the rage, from school cafeterias to four-star restaurants. But not that long eating local was theonlyway. It was a way of life and a matter of necessity.
Rokeby Museum announces publication of a new book: “Farming & Feasting with the Robinsons,” with text by Jesse Natha and drawings by Rowland Evans Robinson. This unusual pairing — the work of an artist who died more than 100 years ago illustrating the words of a contemporary writer — works together seamlessly.
MIDDLEBURY — Most Middlebury homeowners are seeing their property tax rates rise almost 4 percent this year.
Taxpayers in the shire town this past Friday owed their first installment of their fiscal year 2016 property taxes, which were based on a new residential rate of $2.8251 per $100 in property value.
The new residential property tax rate is 10.8 cents more than the previous rate of $2.7175, an increase of 3.96 percent.
BRISTOL — Bridge No. 6, which is located on Route 116 in Bristol a quarter mile south of Carlstrom Road and the new bridge over the New Haven River, re-opened to all traffic this past Thursday.
The bridge closed on July 20 while work crews replaced the span over a small creek that flowed under the road and into the nearby New Haven River; a detour routed traffic out to Route 7.
Route 116 over Bridge No. 6 reopened a day ahead of schedule.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Aug. 4 signed a contract to purchase a new firetruck for $397,100 in 2016.
According to town officials, the new pumper truck will replace what the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department calls its “primary attack engine.”
The department has already set aside $90,000 in its capital fund over the past three years, and Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager said the department will add another $30,000 in the next fiscal year for a total down payment of $120,000.
CHARLOTTE — Many of the top sailors and fastest boats on Lake Champlain will be taking part Aug. 22 in the 2015 Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina in Charlotte.
Again this year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh. Regatta entry will be free, with money raised through the sale of “swag bags” to sailors and racing fans, including donated items from local businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — John Rouse, owner of Rouse Tire in Middlebury, says he was surprised to receive the American Legion Community Service Award at a special Legion dinner earlier this year. Rouse is well known locally for his involvement in sports, both as a former student at Middlebury Union High School and currently as a sidelines coach for the MUHS varsity football team, as well as for being the president of the Friends of Middlebury Football.
RIPTON — The Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the oldest writers’ conference in the country, will hold its 90th session when it begins Wednesday, Aug. 12, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 22.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Thomas Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steven Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2015-2016 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busy preparing for opening day on Wednesday, Aug. 26.