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January 4th, 2010
VERGENNES — Turns out the design for the replacement for the Champlain Bridge actually has yet to be set in stone, so to speak.
The Dec. 15 recommendation by the Lake Champlain Bridge Project’s Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to go with option No. 6 of the six bridge designs presented by officials form the New York and Vermont transportation departments — and the overwhelming concurrence with that choice by the public in an online survey last month — are just recommendations.
BRANDON — No one wants to see a lawsuit, but it’s not out of the question regarding a plan by a Brandon couple to install a solar array on their property in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.
Six neighborhood property owners attended a pre-hearing conference of the Public Service Board on Dec. 16 at the Brandon Fire Station to air their concerns about the proposed project. PSB utilities analyst Greg Faber, acting as the hearing officer, ran the conference. He asked abutting landowners to state their grievances
MIDDLEBURY — Wrestlers from local schools won five weight classes at Middlebury Union High School’s 38th Annual Hubie Wagner Invitational, while the 18 teams’ coaches voted Vergennes sophomore Cara Strona the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, and Otter Valley junior George Mitchell won a title and his 100th match.
In claiming the 96-pound title, Strona became only the second female wrestler to win a weight class at the MUHS tournament, joining Courtney Martell, the older sister of Strona’s senior teammate, Kori Martell.
December 30th, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — A siren cut through Monday morning’s gray, flurry-filled sky above the Champlain Bridge and suddenly the anticipatory chatter among the assembled masses waned to a collective murmur.
In an instant, the wintry tableau before them was shattered by a loud thud, punctuated by a series of brilliant yellow and red flashes. Like a sand castle hit by a tsunami, the bridge dissolved into Lake Champlain from beneath a rising plume of thick, angry smoke, debris and dust.
Editor’s note: The change of the year is a good time to look back over the last 12 months and recall where we’ve been before diving into the 12 months ahead of us. We present this look back at 2009 to help you bring to mind the big stories of the year and also some of the smaller ones that have touched our lives in Addison County. Happy New Year!
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SHOREHAM — A Shoreham firefighter died in the line of duty while helping a fellow resident whose vehicle had slid into a ditch off an icy Richville Dam Road on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Vermont State Police said Peter J. Coe, 43, died after being struck by an oncoming pickup truck as he was helping free the stranded car from the ditch.
Coe, who had been a Shoreham firefighter for around a half-dozen years, was recalled as a dedicated volunteer who was always around to lend a hand and spread good cheer.
BRISTOL — Faced with a diminishing number of volunteers, the Bristol Rescue Squad is at a crossroads: Unless the squad adds a paid staff member to its currently all-volunteer roster, President Brian Fox is worried the ambulance corps won’t be able to meet the demand for its services in the Five Town region.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union School Board must feel like Sisyphus, a mortal in Greek mythology who was cursed to ceaselessly roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity. Such is the effort to fund local schools in the face of state tax increases and unfunded mandates.
The first public meeting on the proposed OV budget for 2010-2011 was held in the school auditorium on Dec. 16. While only about 12 people were in attendance, expect that number to grow in the coming weeks.