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September 15th, 2011
BURLINGTON — Brandon’s historic downtown is more or less intact despite the massive Aug. 28 flood, but there are historic villages across Vermont that have been irreparably damaged, like those in Wilmington and Waterbury.
“Wilmington’s downtown was decimated,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “There are storefronts, one after another, that just aren’t there anymore.”
MIDDLEBURY — Lars Hubbard has made his living in a multitude of ways throughout the years, including as a chef, executive, entrepreneur and software designer.
He chalks up his diverse career choices to a credo he lives by: “I hate to be boring.”
And no one can accuse him of being boring with his latest plan: Acquiring (out of foreclosure) the 6,000-square-foot office building at 88 Mainelli Road in Middlebury and turning it into a distillery, cheese-making facility and headquarters for his small firm, known as The Friday Group LLC.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board has given its approval to “Whirlie’s World,” an indoor recreation center at 1232 Exchange St. that is slated to open by mid-October.
Meanwhile, once-orphaned Desabrais Laundry and Dry Cleaning is back in business next door to Whirlie’s World.
BRISTOL — When a blue minivan with Florida license plates pulled into the Bristol Maplefields on West Street at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, onlookers could barely believe their eyes: A male driver got out of the car completely unclothed.
“The only things he was wearing was a pair of sandals and a credit card,” Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs reported.
On seeing the nude man, a bystander immediately called the police. But contrary to what the caller and some fellow bystanders apparently expected, the police did not arrest the man.
I took in a Levon Helm concert a couple of weeks ago, and before he even got to song number four I had a very bad feeling that I was witnessing his last performance ever. The show was a birthday gift for my son, so, needless to say, the star attraction’s demise would have put a real damper on the celebration.
When the Vermont Legislature adjourned last May, lawmakers set Oct. 18 as the date for a possible special session on the consequences of federal budget cuts on the state’s finances. The special congressional committee established in the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling will not report until November, so the extent of federal budget cuts impacting Vermont will not be known until early next year.
It’s always hard to say you’re sorry, but anytime 50 residents turn out to a routine meeting of any community board, you know something has upset a large segment of the public and an apology may be in order. And so it was on Tuesday when a crowd addressed the Middlebury selectboard on what many perceived as overzealous work to shore-up town bridges and a retaining wall in the river that, as a consequence, has done what some say is irreparable harm.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sept. 6 cited a Panton man for drunken driving after responding to a motorcycle accident on Panton Road in Panton.
Police went to Panton Road at the request of Vermont State Police, who had been told of a motorcycle off the road. They discovered a bike driven by Leo Pratt, 44, had come to rest in a ditch after sliding about 300 feet.
Police cited Pratt for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took him to Porter Hospital for treatment.