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November 28th, 2016
MONTPELIER — The U.S. government recently expanded its Historically Underutilized Business Zones program in Vermont. As a result, Addison County has been designated as a HUBZone due to the 2011 closures of Courcelle Brothers U.S. Army Reserve Command in Rutland and Chester, Vt. Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties have also been designated as HUBZone due to the closures.
ADDISON COUNTY — Sarah Peluso of IPJ Real Estate in Middlebury was named the Addison County Board of Realtors’ (ACBOR) 2016 Realtor of the Year (ROTY) earlier this fall. The ROTY Award is ACBOR’s highest honor and recognizes a member for their civic, business and industry-related activities and achievements.
CORNWALL — Workers have until Dec. 9 to remove the charred remnants of the former Swamp Road covered bridge, in anticipation of the Vermont Agency of Transportation installing a temporary span to restore traffic between Salisbury and Cornwall before Jan. 1, 2017.
That update was provided on Nov. 23 by Cornwall Selectman Brian Kemp and Salisbury Selectman Paul Vaczy, the local liaisons to VTrans in the aftermath of the Sept. 10 fire that destroyed the historic covered bridge spanning the Otter Creek on Swamp Road.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite an underwhelming first half in the Panthers’ home opener two days before Thanksgiving, the Middlebury women’s basketball team eventually had little trouble moving to 3-0 by defeating Johnson State, 62-34.
The good? The Panthers held a second straight foe to fewer than 40 points, limited the 2-2 Badgers to 23 percent shooting, and outrebounded their third straight opponent, in this case by 54-29.
To the Good Samaritan and all others who would have done the same, thank you for turning in my purse when I had left it in the shopping cart at Hannafords.
When I lost my purse in Los Angeles it was returned with all the money gone. Not so here in Vermont, and there was over $200 in cash. Since the person did not leave a name and I can not thank him/her in person, I have made a donation to Community Suppers.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team cruised past SUNY-New Paltz, 94-62, on Nov. 22 in the Panthers’ home opener.
Middlebury, ranked No. 24 in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, improved to 3-0 heading into a Sunday, Nov. 27, home game vs. Endicott (1-1). Endicott, coming off a 72-60 loss at No. 3 Babson, came in at No. 26 in the preseason poll and was expected to offer more resistance than New Paltz (0-4). The Panthers also host RPI at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Johnson State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Editor’s note: Addison Central School District Board of Directors voted unanimously on Nov. 21 to issue this statement regarding recent bias-related incidents in the community.
This week’s writer is Muir Haman, adult services librarian at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes.