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September 20th

Building of duplicate Grange expected to begin Oct. 8

September 20, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday voted to sign a $2.8 million contract with Middlebury’s Breadloaf Corp. for a historically accurate rebuilt Grange Hall with a one-story addition that will serve as a town office building and a community meeting center.

The vote, taken after weeks of debate in the town over whether to proceed with the project or to consider other options, and after a Tuesday closed-door discussion among selectmen, was 3-2.

Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence, Larry Simino and Sally Torrey voted to authorized Lawrence to sign the deal with Breadloaf on Ferrisburgh’s behalf, and Jim Warden and John DeVos voted no.

Work is now expected to begin on Oct. 8 on a Route 7 building that will include town offices at its ground level, plus an entry lobby with a small kitchen area and a meeting room to be shared by the town and the Grange. Under that level will run a full basement, and over it will be a larger meeting room with a stage that will be overlooked by a balcony.

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Closure of Hancock plant leaves 35 jobless

September 20, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

HANCOCK — Vermont Plywood LLC, Hancock’s largest employer, closed its doors on Sept. 6 after a little more than three years under new ownership, putting 35 employees out of work. 

Vermont Plywood CEO Dan Davis bought the 120,000-square-foot plant on 50 acres on May 21, 2004, paying Chesapeake Hardwood Products $775,000 for the Route 100 facility that was formerly operated by Weyerhaeuser Co. Vermont Plywood made plywood for the housing industry, notably paneling, cabinetry and furniture.

That deal was supported by a $730,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $640,000 Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) loan. But Davis said broken promises by Chesapeake caused immediate problems, and a downturn in the housing industry contributed to the decision by Vermont Plywood’s financial backers to pull the plug earlier this month.

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September 17th

Day of Caring

TIFFANY SARGENT AND Bob LaFiandra make salsa in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church in Middlebury during last week’s United Way of Addison County Day of Caring. Sargent and LaFiandra and several other volunteers made the spicy condiment for a monthly dinner for immigrant farm workers in the county.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Noted journalist sounds climate wake-up call

September 17, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — After a brief introduction by Ripton author Bill McKibben last Wednesday, Ross Gelbspan looked out at the crowd packed into Middlebury College’s new Hillcrest Environmental Center and told them they should probably leave now. He was about to talk about the American stalemate on climate change and it would only go downhill from here.

“Middlebury has changed much more, given these incredibly beautiful new digs, than the political battle over global warming in the last two decades,” he said.

Gelbspan should know. The veteran reporter and editor, formerly with The Washington Post and Boston Globe, has been working to uncover the connections between climate change deniers and the oil and coal industries for more than a decade. His book, “The Heat is On,” was published in 1996, bringing unprecedented national attention to the issue of global warming.

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VUHS horn player to take center stage

September 17, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Back when Vergennes Union High School senior Katie Jordan was 9 years old, she made a decision that eventually will put her in front of a national radio audience later this fall.

On Sept. 29, Jordan, a 17-year-old Charlotte resident who is the daughter of VUHS choral teacher Karen Jordan, will take the stage at Randolph’s Chandler Hall for “From the Top,” a National Public Radio program that allows the nation’s top young classical musicians to showcase their talents. Vermont Public Radio broadcasts the show on Sundays at 6 p.m., and will air the Randolph edition at a date to be announced.

Jordan will bring her French horn with her to Chandler Hall to play the five-minute first movement of Richard Strauss’s First Horn Concerto, but the horn was not her first instrument. By the time she was a fourth-grader in South Burlington, Jordan was already a veteran piano player who had been giving public recitals for two years.

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Charity tractor pul helps needy

September 17, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

NEW HAVEN — Engines were roaring and smoke was billowing at the tractor pull held at the Addison County Field Days fairground in New Haven on Sept. 7 and 8. The 150 competitors and many more spectators where there to have a good time, but there was a serious purpose behind it all.

The second annual Addison County Benefit Truck and Tractor Pull raised at least $7,000 for a Middlebury teen with cancer and a widow with local ties who recently suffered a serious motorcycle accident.

The event, like the first annual event last year, was organized by friends and family of Donald and Kenneth Van De Weert, two local brothers who both died within the past five years.

“We decided to do something to remember them by and give back to the community a little bit,” said Tim Van De Weert of Ferrisburgh, a brother of Don and Ken. “If we can help people out, it just makes us feel good.”

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September 13th

Volunteers for Art

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE CENTER for the Arts events and programs coordinator Andrea Solomon helps Joey, right, and Noah Viner strip leaves off saplings and add them to a growing pile that will be used for an art installation being created this month in front of the museum by sculptor Patrick Dougherty. Noah’s class from St. Mary’s School had visited with the artist Tuesday morning and Noah came back after school with his mother and siblings to volunteer with the sapling preparation.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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$495K grant to work to stop domestic violence

September 13, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s efforts in battling domestic violence got a huge boost on Tuesday with news that Middlebury-based WomenSafe had landed a $495,509 federal grant to hire new staff to educate the community about crimes against women and to investigate those suspected of committing such offenses.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced that three Vermont organizations had been picked to share $1.55 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants for programs aimed at combating domestic violence. Among them was WomenSafe, an organization that helps abuse victims in Addison County and Rochester. WomenSafe’s nearly half-million-dollar grant will provide for:

• A full-time coordinator for the Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The council’s members include a variety of crime-fighting and human services organizations — such as the Vermont State Police, the Parent-Child Center of Addison County and the Vermont Department of Probation and Parole — that all work with people who have been touched by domestic violence.

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