July 12th, 2012
BRISTOL — Rolling effortlessly through the skatepark off West Street in downtown Bristol, rising Mount Abraham Union High School junior Sean Wood and his friends popped, kicked and flipped their skateboards through the warm morning air.
They were polishing up their best tricks in preparation for the third annual BYOBacon Skateboard Competition at the Bristol Skatepark on Saturday, July 14. Organized by The Hub Bristol teen center, local teens and volunteer Jason Fitzsimmons, the competition is free and open to all ages.
FERRISBURGH — About six years after the developers of the Pierce Woods received Ferrisburgh and state permits for their 21-lot planned residential development (PRD) off Stage Road, the lots have yet to be formally marketed.
But that status for what is the second-largest housing subdivision ever approved in Ferrisburgh could change in the coming months, according to town resident David Shlansky, one of the principals in the company that owns the land and is developing it.
MIDDLEBURY — Construction is slated to begin next month on a project that aims to beautify and improve public access to the riverfront area of Middlebury’s Marble Works complex, which fronts the Otter Creek falls.
It was last February that the Middlebury selectboard agreed to earmark $70,000 from the town’s conservation fund to improve the riverfront, a magnet for tourists seeking views of the spectacular falls. Such a project, officials noted, would also enhance the shopping experience for folks at the Marble Works and in the rest of downtown Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont women artists take center stage at the Jackson Gallery in the Middlebury Town Hall Theater this Friday. Starting at 7 p.m., the Middlebury Studio School will be presenting its third installment in the series of artist talks. The event will follow the Middlebury Arts Walk, which begins at 5 p.m. and features art on display at around 30 downtown venues.
VERGENNES — While Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky hopes to move forward soon with restoring the Shade Roller Mill and its Annex after a court case was settled (see related story), plans to renovate another Vergennes property he owns on an island in the Otter Creek falls may take a little longer.
STARKSBORO — Lewis Creek Farm, one of Starksboro’s largest crop farms, is aiming to expand the already hefty solar energy portfolio in the small town.
At the end of last month, the USDA announced that its Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) would fund 450 energy projects across the nation. The aim of the program is to help farmers and small rural businesses cut energy consumption and reduce costs.
Eight Vermont projects were funded, including one by Starksboro’s Hank Bissell, who runs Lewis Creek Farm.
BRANDON — The old Brandon High School got another chance at life late last month when new owners snapped up the 96-year-old building for a paltry $20,000.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted the roughly 20 people who attended the June 28 bank foreclosure auction on West Seminary Street, handled by Thomas Hirchak Company. Curious local residents outnumbered potential bidders 10 to one as the bidding got under way following a one-hour registration and inspection period of the gutted, three-story brick building.
MIDDLEBURY — Kelsey Smith has gotten a kick out of soccer ever since she was 5 years old. Now 14 and a standout player, Smith has decided to put her favorite sport to use to help save the lives of young people on the other side of the globe.
Smith is organizing an Aug. 5 soccer tournament in Middlebury that will raise money for AIDS and HIV awareness programs for youths in Africa.