November 12th, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — Administrators at Middlebury College have reopened the discussion about the fate of 51 Main at the Bridge, a college-owned restaurant and bar operating in downtown Middlebury.
51 Main hit the chopping block last year, when the college first began looking at serious budget cuts. Officials gave the lounge roughly a year to sink or swim, with the provision that the bar must show at least two consecutive months in the black to stay in operation.
MIDDLEBURY — A citizen good Samaritan, a brave nurse and an experienced law enforcement officer helped avert what could have been an explosive situation at Porter Hospital on Monday afternoon.
The heart of the story is a scuffle between Addison County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Charles Clark and Robert G. Blaise, 29, of Middlebury — a prisoner who was being examined at Porter Hospital after collapsing during his arraignment at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday.
VERGENNES — Like virtually every company in the United States, Vergennes high-tech engineering firm Nathaniel Group Inc., which does business as Nathaniel Electronics, has felt the effects of the international economic slump.
Nathaniel has had to downsize. About a third of a workforce that numbered more than 40 in mid-2008 has either been laid off or left through what company founder Joel Melnick called attrition.
Now Melnick says the 25-year-old Panton Road firm sees light at the end of that economic tunnel — and it’s coming from light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Labor will hold a job fair at the Middlebury American Legion on Boardman Street on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help 62 Monahan Filaments workers who will become unemployed as of this Friday, Nov. 13.
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This weekend in Boston, my friends and I were eager for a more cost-efficient meal, since eating out was draining our wallets. There were four of us — me, Sean, Shira and Jaime — and the plan, as these things often do, ballooned in complexity as dinner drew closer. First it was chicken breasts and kale and rice, and then it was breaded chicken and wild rice, and then it was chicken with white wine, cream and mushroom sauce with brown rice and kale, crème brulee, and an appetizer of brie cheese, bread and wine.
ADDISON — Transportation officials from Vermont and New York on Monday announced that the Champlain Bridge that spans Lake Champlain between Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y., will be demolished.
The bridge was closed abruptly on Oct. 16 after an inspection of the 80-year-old bridge revealed structural deficiencies in two of its 11 concrete piers.
COLCHESTER — The top-seeded, undefeated Colchester High School football team scored on two of its first three possessions Friday and held on for a 12-7 victory over visiting No. 4 Middlebury in a Division II semifinal marked by tough defense.
The 10-0 Lakers moved on to this weekend’s D-II final vs. No. 3 Champlain Valley, which defeated No. 2 Mount Mansfield, 21-14, also on Friday.
The Tigers, a team with just nine seniors and featuring many sophomores in key roles, finished the season at 7-3. They lost twice to the Lakers, and once to CVU.
Senate President Pro Temp Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith are right to question the alleged benefits of allowing Entergy to spin off its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant (and five others) into a separate holding company called Enexus. On the face of it, the spin-off does little more than free Entergy, a debt-free and profitable company, of future expense while creating a new company — loaded with debt — to shoulder the burden of decommissioning five aging nuclear plants in the not-so-distant future.
Finding the benefit to Vermont in such a deal is perplexing.