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July 7th, 2009
By MATTHEW DICKERSON
BRISTOL — At Mount Abraham Union High School on Wednesday, the Mount Abe Babe Ruth 14-to-15-year-old team completed a 12-0 season with a 21-5 romp over Essex in a game called in the bottom of the sixth inning because of darkness with Mount Abe still batting with two runners on.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — An influx of economic stimulus funding from Washington, D.C., could mean good news for hundreds of Vermonters struggling to buy or keep their homes.
That news came last week, when Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced that three Vermont nonprofit organizations — including one that serves Addison County — will divvy up $6 million to spur community development.
By ANDREA SUOZZO
MIDDLEBURY — There is a new venue for art in downtown Middlebury. The PhotoPlace gallery, which opened June 20, displays themed exhibitions featuring work by photographers from all over the country. The gallery is part of the Vermont Photography Workplace, an initiative headed up by husband and wife Rick Clark and Kirsten Hoving.
Work in the gallery’s first show — a collection of images of the natural world that is titled “Nature’s Whispers, Nature’s Shouts” — fills the newly renovated space at 3 Park St.
ADDISON — Because of deteriorating steel trusses discovered in a June inspection, New York Department of Transportation officials were poised on Friday to limit traffic to one lane on the Lake Champlain Bridge that links Addison with Crown Point, N.Y.
Signals at either end of the span, a crucial link between Vermont and New York State used by up to 3,600 vehicles a day, will allow eastbound and westbound traffic to take turns crossing Lake Champlain. Work will last at least through the end of August and possibly longer, said NYDOT spokesman Peter Van Keuren.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY — Outstanding individual performances sparked all four local high school baseball teams this spring. Mount Abraham Union senior Kyle Kayhart’s heavy hitting and reliable pitching helped the Eagles tie for the Metro Conference crown and reach the Division II final — and helped earn him the title of 2009 Addison Independent Baseball Player of the Year.
By KARL LINDHOLM
Do you like professional baseball in Vermont?
If so, better get to a game pretty soon. Looks like the Vermont Lake Monsters are not long for the Green Mountain State.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — On Tuesday Vergennes aldermen gave their blessing to a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for a proposed 25-unit elderly housing project off Monkton Road, an action taken after months of debate and a change in the project to remove future plans for affordable housing.
Aldermen also called for a July 21 public hearing on the grant, a forum that is expected to be a formality given the popularity of the senior housing proposal. That hearing will piggyback on another hearing scheduled for that evening, one on the proposed new city plan.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — In Whiting, Karen LeRoy is on the lookout for a culprit that could wreak havoc in her garden this year. And this summer, it’s not the usual critters, like deer or rabbits or pesky insects, that pose the greatest threat — it’s the late blight, a fungal disease that horticulturists say could wipe out tomato and potato crops in Vermont.