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May 23rd, 2013
LINCOLN — Lincoln’s selectboard has officially expanded from three members to five. Bill Finger and Paul Forlenza were elected to the board in a special election last Tuesday, May 14, joining incumbents Barb Rainville, Elwin Isham and Oakley Smith.
Forlenza garnered 169 votes and Finger received 189. The two bested opponents Joe Martell and Jim Adams, who received 30 and 22 votes, respectively.
Editor’s note: This story was provided by the Middlebury College Office of Communications.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Board of Trustees has approved a budget of $292.4 million for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. That budget represents a 2.1 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
At its meeting on May 10-11, the board also approved two capital projects.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 5,000 family and friends of the Middlebury College class of 2013 are expected this weekend for commencement. Almost 600 students will get their diplomas in a ceremony on the central lawn of the college that will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s often the comic relief segment in a TV wildlife documentary: Curious, affable bear pokes snout into honeycomb; long, pink tongue darts out to scarf up some honey; angry bees send the irrepressible fur ball lumbering back into the woods.
But in most cases, it’s not a laughing matter when a wild, hungry bear strays into civilization.
Just ask Middlebury’s Charles Mraz, who recently experienced the latest in a growing number of local brushes with what Vermont wildlife exerts said is a rapidly growing bear population.
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — It must be Open Studio Weekend when bright yellow signs appear along Vermont’s roads over Memorial Day weekend. The signs guide visitors to studios of 242 craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont — including 31 in Addison County and Brandon — during the 2013 Open Studio Tour on May 25 and 26.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents will have an extra reason to honor their local veterans this Memorial Day thanks to a successful effort by the local historical society to install a monument on town-owned land off of Maple Street.
The society, led by Barry Whitney Jr., spent the last seven years raising money to create the first designated veterans’ park for honoring all local servicemen and women who’ve served during every major conflict dating back to the Revolutionary War.
MIDDLEBURY (AP) — A Middlebury company that makes hard cider is suing a Vermont coffee company for trademark infringement over the use of the word “woodchuck.”
Vermont Hard Cider Co. filed a complaint against Woodchuck Coffee Roasters in U.S. District Court in Rutland last week seeking an unspecified financial award and an injunction preventing further trademark infringement over the woodchuck name, a colloquial term for a hardy Vermonter.
MIDDLEBURY — As two large pieces of earth-moving equipment began uprooting overgrown shrubbery and weeds and moving white-rock rubble into place for landscaping material, several members of the Middlebury Riverfront Committee gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the start of a long-delayed project and talk of next steps.