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July 15th, 2015
LINCOLN — The New Haven River flows down from the Green Mountains into Otter Creek, and during the last week of July, a graduate student will walk from its headwaters to its confluence — close to 25 miles. Along the way, Sonia DeYoung will introduce herself and her project to as many people along the river as she can, people with whom she hopes to talk in more depth once she completes the walk.
ADDISON COUNTY — Motorists are being warned to expect some delays as work gets under way on some major construction projects that will include replacement of bridges and/or culverts in Bristol, Lincoln, Hancock and Bridport, as well as paving work on portions of Routes 22A, 100 and 7.
Josh Donabedian, transportation and energy planner with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, provided details on the work, some of which has already begun.
The major VTrans projects slated for this summer include:
CORNWALL — He was known as “The Voice” long before there was an NBC television show of the same name.
Dave Sears, a tireless community volunteer who for decades served as radio commentator and/or announcer for various Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury College sports, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 11, following a medical episode.
The unexpected death of Sears — a gregarious and civic-minded individual — was met with shock from hundreds of people throughout Addison County and beyond.
BRISTOL — Former Addison Central Supervisory Union Assistant Superintendent Carol Fenimore has been selected to serve as interim principal of Mount Abraham Union High School for the coming academic year. Fenimore will replace Gaynell Lyman, who stepped down last month to pursue another job opportunity.
Fenimore had served for three years as the ACSU’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development prior to stepping down.
MIDDLEBURY — The arraignment of a 41-year-old woman charged with striking and killing a man on a bicycle while she was allegedly driving under the influence in Ferrisburgh on June 17 has been delayed for a second time, this time at the request of the victim’s family.
VERGENNES — After hearing a Tuesday plea from Vergennes Partnership board members, who said their group has new energy, structure and ideas, the Vergennes City Council agreed to double city support for the partnership to $15,000.
Council members had already devoted $7,500 in their recently adopted general fund budget to the organization that is charged with promoting the economic health and appearance of downtown Vergennes. At their Tuesday meeting they voted unanimously to give another $7,500 from the city’s Water Tower Fund.
MIDDLEBURY — Earlier this year, Roger Schmidt turned his part-time massage therapy practice into a full-time endeavor under the roof of Middlebury’s Clara Zeno House at 31 Court St. Roger’s Relaxing Massage Therapy is now in full swing, offering clients myofascial release, deep tissue, shiatsu, and Swedish massage opportunities.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont (UVM) Plant Diagnostic Clinic has identified its first case of late blight this year. The fungus-like organism was discovered on July 7 on potato foliage on an organic farm in Hinesburg.
Although the disease can infect tomatillos, eggplants, peppers, petunias and other members of the potato family, in Vermont it has only been found on tomatoes and potatoes in recent years. Damage from Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen causing late blight in these crops, was especially widespread in 2009.