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July 15th, 2010
Last week’s most common question from our customers was: How does your garden survive in this heat? The short answer to that is, irrigation, of course. We were fortunate that our weeklong 90-degree-plus heat wave was sandwiched between two substantial rains, 2-1/16 inches on June 27 and 1-1/8inches on July 9. During that time we ran our overhead irrigation for a little over 6 hours, which was barely enough to keep the plants from wilting on those truly hot days.
MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, will have some competition on Aug. 24 in his attempt to win a spot on the general election ballot. East Middlebury Democrat Amy Sheldon confirmed on Monday she will also seek to enter the race via a write-in campaign on primary day.
Giard, a three-term incumbent, missed the June 17 deadline for candidates to file their petition papers for federal, statewide and county offices. That means he — and any other candidate making a belated run for the Nov.
Editor’s note: With frustration brewing about the amount being spent on Lake Champlain clean-up efforts — and the apparent lack of results in better water quality — the Addison Independent set out to understand the complicated discussion about water quality in Vermont, with a focus on the agricultural industry often pinpointed as a main culprit in lake pollution.
MIDDLEBURY — When it comes to fingerprints, you might say that Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley has the Midas touch.
With a reputation earned from years of training and the successful resolution of many needle-in-a-haystack cases, Hanley has become a go-to source for fingerprint identification — both locally and nationally.
VERGENNES — The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) $1,355,200 in grants to help finance a proposed 25-unit senior housing project off of Monkton Road.
The grant, confirmed by U.S. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was a key funding component to the total $5.8 million project that will be built on a 6.5-acre lot adjacent to the Vergennes American Legion and the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza.
MIDDLEBURY — A smattering of Middlebury voters on Tuesday passed a $3 million bond to chip away at a mounting backlog of needed repairs to the town’s water system infrastructure during the next three fiscal years.
The bond passed by a 65-28 Australian ballot tally.
Middlebury has 4,368 registered voters.
FERRISBURGH — The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on July 17 will officially unveil its new Hazelett Watercraft Center, a structure that will permanently house the LCMM’s growing collection of boats, including the 35-foot-long ice yacht “Storm King.”
The Storm King and the new center in which it is located are both gifts of longtime LCMM supporters Bill and Dawn Hazelett. Bill Hazelett — the founder of Hazelett Strip-Casting of Colchester — was an avid sailor and longtime owner of the Storm King. He died late last month at the age of 91.
MIDDLEBURY — One of the nonprofit developers of Middlebury Commons is planning another affordable housing project for seniors — this one in Middlebury South Village (MSV) off Court Street.