July 15th, 2015
CORNWALL — He was known as “The Voice” long before there was an NBC television show of the same name.
Dave Sears, a tireless community volunteer who for decades served as radio commentator and/or announcer for various Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury College sports, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 11, following a medical episode.
The unexpected death of Sears — a gregarious and civic-minded individual — was met with shock from hundreds of people throughout Addison County and beyond.
BRISTOL — Former Addison Central Supervisory Union Assistant Superintendent Carol Fenimore has been selected to serve as interim principal of Mount Abraham Union High School for the coming academic year. Fenimore will replace Gaynell Lyman, who stepped down last month to pursue another job opportunity.
Fenimore had served for three years as the ACSU’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development prior to stepping down.
MIDDLEBURY — The arraignment of a 41-year-old woman charged with striking and killing a man on a bicycle while she was allegedly driving under the influence in Ferrisburgh on June 17 has been delayed for a second time, this time at the request of the victim’s family.
VERGENNES — After hearing a Tuesday plea from Vergennes Partnership board members, who said their group has new energy, structure and ideas, the Vergennes City Council agreed to double city support for the partnership to $15,000.
Council members had already devoted $7,500 in their recently adopted general fund budget to the organization that is charged with promoting the economic health and appearance of downtown Vergennes. At their Tuesday meeting they voted unanimously to give another $7,500 from the city’s Water Tower Fund.
MIDDLEBURY — Earlier this year, Roger Schmidt turned his part-time massage therapy practice into a full-time endeavor under the roof of Middlebury’s Clara Zeno House at 31 Court St. Roger’s Relaxing Massage Therapy is now in full swing, offering clients myofascial release, deep tissue, shiatsu, and Swedish massage opportunities.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont (UVM) Plant Diagnostic Clinic has identified its first case of late blight this year. The fungus-like organism was discovered on July 7 on potato foliage on an organic farm in Hinesburg.
Although the disease can infect tomatillos, eggplants, peppers, petunias and other members of the potato family, in Vermont it has only been found on tomatoes and potatoes in recent years. Damage from Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen causing late blight in these crops, was especially widespread in 2009.
VERGENNES — With a final wrinkle officially ironed out, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday approved spending $20,000 from the city’s Water Tower Fund to buy a 0.4-acre waterfront parcel from Mayor Bill Benton and his sister, Betsey Benton.
The long-awaited deal for a parcel next to the city docks — valued at $30,000 by Ferrisburgh appraiser Charlene Stavenow — had been held up until the title to an adjacent sliver of land could be cleared up.
MONKTON — Volunteers For Peace and the Willowell Foundation are organizing a Cook 4 Climate candlelight dinner on Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Willowell Land, which is off the Bristol-Monkton Road in Monkton.