July 25th, 2016
NEW HAVEN — Two little girls run in circles round and round a tree. They race each other in a circular labyrinth, marked by rocks in the soil, each trying to make her way to the center first. “I made it!” one of them suddenly shouts, and with a proud smile, sits herself down at the bench in the center.
It is Wednesday morning, and at Treleven Farm, Wednesday mornings are Open Farm Days for families.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok is one of millions of Americans who have been floored by recent disturbing headlines about citizens shooting police and police shooting unarmed citizens.
Vermont Gas Systems, the Canadian company seeking to build a 41-mile natural gas pipeline through Addison County, has suffered another setback.
The company’s contractors disturbed an unknown number of endangered harsh sunflowers last Tuesday morning in Monkton, and as of Thursday Vermont Gas had halted construction on that section of the pipeline until the incident is fully investigated.
MIDDLEBURY — Work is under way on a $752,000 project to fix and pave 2,200 feet of Creek Road and install a new sidewalk on the west side of the street, which among other things serves Middlebury’s new recreation facility.
“The road is tired,” Middlebury Director of Operations Dan Werner said. “(This work) needed to be done a long time ago. It’s long overdue.”
MIDDLEBURY — Directors of the Middlebury Farmers’ Market (MFM) are looking for a new location to host the popular, twice-per-week showcase of locally produced foods and crafts. A looming downtown construction project will require the market to leave its current spot in the Marble Works at the end of its current season.
“We are set on finding a new home, and hopefully the community will support us in our search,” said Hannah Sessions, president of the market’s board of directors.
MIDDLEBURY — Police from at least three law enforcement agencies fanned out Sunday afternoon looking for a man who attacked two people in Middlebury, at least one of whom was an employee of a mental health agency. A few hours later they found their suspect and said they would charge him with two counts of attempted murder.
MIDDLEBURY — About 100 Addison County residents and visitors gathered in downtown Middlebury on the evening of Thursday, July 21, to call for an immediate end to police violence against Black people. This was the first of what organizers hope will be many actions undertaken by the new Middlebury chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, (SURJ), a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.
VERGENNES — The owner of Grist Mill Island in the Vergennes falls is proposing to add five apartments to the two buildings on the island, for a total of nine overlooking Otter Creek.
Three of the apartments would replace office space in the Grist Mill itself and two would be carved out of a now empty horse barn.
The June proposal followed the Vergennes Development Review Board’s May rejection of a 10-apartment plan submitted by Mahaiwe LLC, of which major city property owner and Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky is listed as the manager.