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November 9th, 2011
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WEST ADDISON — A legion of dignitaries and hundreds of residents from both sides of Lake Champlain marked the much-anticipated opening of the new Champlain Bridge on Monday afternoon.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and state Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, were among the Vermont delegates who helped cut the ribbon on the $76 million bridge that was two years in the making. The former Champlain Bridge, build in 1929, was abruptly closed on Oct. 16, 2009, after it was deemed to be unsafe for travel.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The village of East Middlebury was evacuated, basements were swamped, bridge abutments were exposed and the critical floodwall below Grist Mill Bridge was compromised in the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene rains on Aug. 28. Fortunately, East Middlebury didn’t suffer the kind of crippling blow from Irene that Rochester, Hancock, Granville and many other towns got.
But what if it had?
WEST ADDISON — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has confirmed that the new Champlain Bridge connecting West Addison to Crown Point, N.Y., will be officially opened on Monday, Nov. 7, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m., on the Crown Point side.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy are scheduled to be among those attending the festivities.
MIDDLEBURY — Voters in the Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) school district will likely be asked to approve a bond issue next year to help pay for re-roofing the Middlebury Union Middle School building.
The UD-3 school board has agreed to solicit bids for the work, which an architect has already estimated will cost between $634,457 and $960,608. The former figure reflects the cost of installing a new asphalt shingle roof; the latter would provide for a new metal roof.
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center (PMC) board is looking forward to getting countywide feedback on its services through a new survey that will be offered electronically to many hundreds of local health care consumers and workers during the coming weeks.
MIDDLEBURY — When Megan Nesbeth graduated from Middlebury College last spring, she didn’t know exactly what the next year would hold. Now, still living in Middlebury, she’s accepted a job with the Institute for Democratic Education in America, or IDEA, a national nonprofit that aims to transform public education. The future still isn’t totally clear, but both IDEA and Nesbeth have high hopes for the initiatives.
Two years after the forced closing and demolition of the Champlain Bridge, thousands of area residents have a vastly deeper appreciation of how bridges connect our lives — physically as well as socially.