Archive - Aug 2009 - Page
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Central School Principal JoAnn Taft-Blakely on Thursday said school maintenance men Wayne Barrows and Gerry Blair would be two of the town’s most important employees this week.
That’s because this summer’s $1.5 million project to improve the school — including installing new heating, ventilation and electrical systems; putting on new, long-lasting rubberized roofing; replacing stained ceiling tiles and rotting soffits; and insulating the space between the ceiling and roof — will be completed on time.
MIDDLEBURY — A single mom working hard just to keep four young children clothed and fed, Jill Smith never held on to much hope of owning her own house. It was a dream that occasionally floated through her head as she and her active brood made a temporary home in the basement of a friend’s house.
ADDISON COUNTY — Heading into the dog days of summer, vegetable and flower gardens around Addison County were in full bloom this month. Join the Addison County Independent for a look at just a few of the gardens cultivated by local green thumbs using this interactive Google map.
MIDDLEBURY — The attorney for Vergennes Police Chief Michael Lowe on Monday entered on Lowe’s behalf a plea of innocent to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs at Lowe’s arraignment in Addison County District Court.
According to a Vermont State Police affidavit that became public on Monday, a blood test showed Lowe had traces of six prescription drugs in his system when he was driving a Vergennes police cruiser that hit a parked car on June 7.
MIDDLEBURY — The next time you walk past the Sheldon Museum, take a minute to look at the garden.
At the borders of the house run colorful beds that illuminate the brick walls, and flowers stand out against the back fence. It is difficult to imagine the house without the flower beds that ornament it.
ADDISON COUNTY — John Quinn has served as Addison County State’s Attorney for 24 years and was a deputy state’s attorney for seven years before that.
More than anything, in looking back over his three decades prosecuting crimes here he says he appreciates the citizens who’ve supported him.
“I hope they think I’ve done a good job,” he said.
It’s pretty clear that most of them did. He only once faced an opponent in the race for the elected office.
On Monday, Quinn, 59, announced that he was retiring from the office he has occupied for majority of his career.
MIDDLEBURY — Ninety percent of Middlebury water and sewer users will see an increase in rates in the fourth quarter of this year, after Middlebury selectmen approved a new rate structure Monday.
Currently, minimum rate users are charged for 7,500 gallons of water and close to one-third of these users are not using the full 7,5000 gallons.
The present water rate is $2.85 per 1,000 gallons used; with a minimum charge for 7,500 gallons that works out to $21.38 for anything up to 7,500 gallons.
BRISTOL — Caroline Cote, 13, is a quick study.
When she led the way down the long, narrow garden plot behind the Bristol Hub Teen Center, she rattled off the long list of plants in the garden — carrots and zucchini, lettuce and leeks, and tomatoes on the vine just starting to ripen.
In mid-August, the garden was a riot of growth. Purple and green cabbage plants had unfurled their leaves in wide circles. The broccoli was thriving. Purple beans dangled from the bean plants, waiting to be plucked, and a new round of squash flowers bloomed.