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October 24th, 2013
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members on Tuesday reacted favorably to a proposal from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House president Gerianne Smart for a brick plaza in front of Vergennes City Hall.
That plan includes a crescent-shaped “bulbout” to replace two parking spaces in front of the building. The theater’s renovated standing marquee would be placed on that bulbout, which would, like the plaza, be made of bricks that would match those used in other downtown streetscape projects in the past decade.
BRISTOL — After a decade of litigation, an Environment Court judge last Friday gave a green light to the proposed Lathrop gravel pit in Bristol. The proposed pit on a 65-acre tract off Notch Road and Rounds Road in Bristol has been a controversial topic for many years.
Opponents of the pit, who say it would impose undue noise and traffic on Bristol village as well as run counter to town zoning, vow to appeal the approval to the Vermont Supreme Court.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County waste management company says it has been thrown on hard times and may have to cut its workforce after the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources allegedly violated its own procurement practices in awarding a plum state recycling contract to a rival.
Robin Ingenthron, president of Good Point Recycling in Middlebury, believes the state agency did not follow its own procedures while awarding the contract last month to Casella Waste Management of Rutland.
MIDDLEBURY — Workers in one day completed major restoration work on an 1,800-foot stretch of the Middlebury River that had been ravaged by Tropical Storm Irene in late August of 2011 and then subsequently dredged of debris by the town of Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s sitting there just a few paces off Quarry Road in front of a small barn, so coy and so alluring.
Its finely sculpted body has beckoned many a lover of the finer things in life to stop and gawk and even make advances.
“Everybody and their brother dropped in,” said Jamie Simpson. “I had seven to 10 people per day asking if I’d sell it.”
The object of all this solicitous attention is a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County is in dire need of a new infusion of Guardians Ad Litem, community members who volunteer their time to make sure the voices of abused, troubled and/or neglected children get heard in court proceedings.
That’s the word from state and local officials who said Addison County is down to about a dozen Guardians Ad Litem, some of whom are having to field more than a dozen cases simultaneously due to a dearth of volunteers available to take on the workload.
BRISTOL — Volunteers packed more than a quarter-million meals last weekend in Bristol and Essex at the culmination of a drive to send aid to starving children. With Love From Vermont, a Christian charity that operates in Chittenden, Addison and Rutland counties, had been raising money for food packets specifically designed for the bodies of malnourished children.
The charity buys the supplies, organizes volunteers to put them into individual serving packets, and WLFV’s partner, the international Christian charity Feed My Starving Children, distributes them.
NEW HAVEN — Town officials have cancelled events that were to be held at the New Haven Town Hall because of an air quality problem caused by mold.
The Harvest Fest and Craft Sale, which had been scheduled for Oct. 19, and the Halloween Party, which had been scheduled for Oct. 26, have both been canceled.
Town Clerk Pam Kingman said the events were cancelled because of a lingering mold problem in the building. Mold first appeared this summer after heavy rains.