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April 25th, 2013
BRISTOL — The Bristol Recreation Club is wrapping up a much-needed renovation project to its grandstand and kitchen facility just in time for the Little League baseball season.
“We thought it was going to be a minor repair project to start with,” said Eric Carter, co-director of the Rec Club. “But when we tore off the siding, we realized that five big posts that hold up the building — two of them had about two feet rotting.”
About 30 years of garbage, stuffed between cracks in the grandstand, had also accumulated.
BRANDON — There’s been a major change in management in the town of Brandon.
After weeks of searching, the selectboard here agreed to accept the resignation of Richard Baker from the board and hire him as interim town manager.
Baker and Brandon resident Seth Hopkins were both interviewed for the job in executive session during a special selectboard meeting on April 19 before the board made its decision. Board Chair Devon Fuller said Baker was eminently qualified.
BRANDON — Now that petitioners have triggered a re-vote on the Brandon town budget after it passed on Town Meeting Day by eight votes, the stage is set for voters to ask their long-awaited questions.
An informational meeting about the budget will be held at the Neshobe School on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The Brandon selectboard will take budget questions from voters. The meeting will be moderated by Bernie Carr.
MIDDLEBURY — Engineers planning the replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown railroad bridges anticipate presenting various project options by the end of May in anticipation of construction beginning at the end of next March.
BRISTOL — More than 30 potential locations for a new fire facility were proposed this past Saturday at the first public gathering to discuss potential ways to expand the Bristol Fire Department’s headquarters.
After a contentious bond that would have funded a first stage of expansion to the firehouse on North Street was rejected by voters on Town Meeting Day, 587-293, town officials committed to facilitating public discussions to identify a new site.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall School Board will form a search committee to seek a full-time replacement for current Bingham Memorial School Principal Denise Goodnow, who will soon leave to become co-leader of the Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury.
MIDDLEBURY — A road race held this past Sunday in Middlebury to honor the memory of a local six-year-old who died last month drew more than 500 participants and raised nearly $10,000 for charities.
“The turnout completely exceeded our expectations,” said Nicole Wilkerson, an organizer of the Kelly Claire 5K, 1 Mile Walk and Run.
MIDDLEBURY — Relay for Life at Middlebury College will take place this Friday, April 26, beginning at 6 p.m.
This fun, family friendly event will celebrate 10 years of fighting back against cancer.
At the Relay for Life, cancer survivors are joined by friends and family of those who won or lost their battles with cancer. Participants raise money for each lap they walk around a track. Group walk through the night; taking breaks at family tents around the college athletic field. It wraps up at 8 a.m. on Saturday.