March 21st, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury businesses and property owners on Thursday, March 28, will have a chance to air their concerns about the loss of parking, construction noise and traffic detours that will arise during the upcoming replacement of the railroad overpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row.
BRISTOL — The bond that would pave the way for a major upgrade to the Bristol Fire Department’s North Street facility may have gone up in smoke on Town Meeting Day with a 587-293 defeat, but the search for an improved firehouse continues.
Despite taxpayers’ sound rejection of the proposed North Street upgrade, town officials and members of the Fire Facility Committee said that they were encouraged by the public’s overwhelming support for improving the fire department’s headquarters, albeit in a different location.
BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Keith Arlund’s resignation, effective this weekend, is a surprising and sudden move that has left the selectboard in shock.
Arlund submitted a letter of resignation during the board’s executive session during a March 11 meeting.
VERGENNES — Four members of the Vergennes Police Department were honored on Feb. 26 in front of the entire department, family members and the Vergennes City Council.
Detective Jason Ouellette received two awards from Chief George Merkel, while Officers Brent Newton and William Wager received one apiece. Merkel was also honored by City Manager Mel Hawley on behalf of the New York Police Department.
More than 6,000 people thronged the town on this cool, bright day in May 1905, some having arrived by train from as far away as Burlington and Rutland. The occasion was a special celebration of Memorial Day, a holiday that had arisen spontaneously in the years immediately after the Civil War to honor soldiers from both the North and the South.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten Addison County sugaring operations will open their doors to the public on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, in conjunction with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association’s 12th annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. This weekend event, when Vermont’s sugarmakers invite the public to their sugarhouses, gives visitors an opportunity to see how maple syrup is made and experience a day in the life of the sugarmaker.
BRISTOL — A local citizen is urging lawmakers to make changes in the law that discourages Vermonters from littering.
At Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall, some of the legislators discussed the tenuous prospects this session for an expanded Bottle Bill. Some residents, like Bristol’s Peter Grant, argued the current 5-cent deposit doesn’t provide enough incentive anymore for people to keep and redeem their containers. As a consequence, an increasing number of cans and bottles are becoming litter.
SALEM, Va. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament’s elite eight for the second time in the last three seasons. The Panthers (25-3) will travel to Salem, Va., to take on 27-3 North Central (Ill.) in an NCAA quarterfinal game on Friday at 8 p.m.
On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the winner of the Middlebury-North Central game is set to meet the winner of another Friday quarterfinal at the Salem Civic Center, between Amherst (27-2) and Cabrini (25-5).