May 10th, 2010
What’s a 64-year-old Jewish woman from New York City supposed to do with herself after her second husband dies leaving her stranded in Florida among an uninspiring collection of fellow retired New York Jews? In Deborah Lee Luskin’s new novel “Into the Wilderness,” the answer is: move to Vermont.
FERRISBURGH — About five years after the developers of Pierce Woods first proposed their 21-lot planned residential development (PRD) off Stage Road, they will begin marketing what will be the second-largest housing subdivision in Ferrisburgh.
ESSEX — The shorthanded Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team earned an important victory at Essex on Saturday, 9-5, to improve to 6-0.
The Tigers played without key midfielders last week, when they also outlasted visiting Mount Mansfield, 15-10 on Thursday. Injured junior all-star Liz Kelley hopes to return this week, senior Eliza Carver will miss the rest of the season with an injury suffered on Monday, and senior Dea Vaczy was out with a lingering illness on Saturday.
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Men’s lax NCAA draw
For the first time, on Sunday the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team lost a NESCAC championship game, 13-12 at Tufts. No doubt the Panthers are still kicking themselves for losing that 11-7 lead they held late in the third period against the 16-1 Jumbos, who were ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III.
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Vergennes residents consider finances, educational equity
VERGENNES — Few foes of proposed one-board Addison Northwest Supervisory Union governance spoke out at a Tuesday forum held at Vergennes Union Elementary School in advance of the May 11 revote on unification.
But school board officials acknowledged fears about a potential increase in the city’s tax rate and the assumption of debt from Ferrisburgh that prompted petitioners in Vergennes to ask for a new vote.
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in the Northeast are training their sights on the massive Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) co-op and processing giant Dean Foods in an effort to prove that price fixing and illegal monopolization of the dairy industry has kept milk prices artificially low for struggling producers.
These farmers’ action represents the latest in a series of lawsuits around the country alleging that a lack of competition in the dairy processing industry has resulted in record profits for milk processors at the cost of lower prices for farmers.
MONTPELIER — Addison County is in line for a combined total of almost $100 million in state and federal funds over the next few years to pave area roads and repair or replace local bridges, according to priorities set forth in Vermont’s fiscal year 2011 Transportation Bill.
The so-called “T-Bill” was in conference committee for final negotiations as the Addison Independent went to press. But Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, said Monday that none of the projects reflected in the almost $600 million transportation spending plan were at risk.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) wants to conserve 40 acres of forested land on the eastern slope of Chipman Hill, property that was once slated for a housing development.
The property is owned by the Co-operative Insurance Company and forms — along with Chipman Hill — what MALT Executive Director Josh Phillips called “the largest contiguous forest habitat in the vicinity of Middlebury village.”
“It is an interesting spot,” said Phillips, who recently met with selectmen to get support for the conservation deal.