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August 11th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Whether it was the promise of warm and sunny weather, live music or ample wine, beer and cheese samples, people turned out in downtown Middlebury in droves on Saturday to attend the inaugural Midd Summer Festival.
According to event organizers, the celebration of Vermont products was a smashing success.
BRISTOL — At a Monday meeting, the Bristol selectboard set 2011-2012 property tax rates that rose a few percentage points for each type of property.
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard on July 25 announced that the bond taken out in 2002 to fund the 2003 fire station addition was refinanced by the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank at a lower interest rate. Meeting minutes indicated that this reduction in future interest payments will save the town money.
“Interest rate reductions don’t kick in until 2015 … so the refinancing will only affect the last two years of bond payments and will only … range from $700 to $1,000 in savings,” said Charles Roumas, town treasurer.
NEW HAVEN — Just one week after Addison County Fair & Field Days wraps up, the New Haven fairgrounds will again be covered with rides, games, food and more, as the first annual Grand Master’s Fair is set to take place on Sunday, Aug. 21. The event will be free to the public.
This fair is being organized by the Freemasons of Vermont, as well as other Masonic fraternities including the Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, York Rite, the Shriners, DeMolay Boys, Rainbow Girls and the Sojourners.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Television (MCTV) viewers have for the past two decades been able to get a sampling of programming in French, through the locally produced “Chronique Francophone.”
Now the station is branching out into Spanish through a religious program offered by a pastor who has preached at Baptist churches in Starksboro, Middlebury and Huntington.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness will soon provide a home base for the next generation of work-out enthusiasts. Steve Hare, co-owner of Vermont Sun, confirmed on Monday the business will soon sign a five-year lease with a new tenant, Middlebury Family Center (MFC).
The Addison Independent reported in June that Kathleen and Katey Lafayette were seeking town approval to open a new childcare center at 111 Court St. that could accommodate up to 45 children and employ up to 10 caregivers.
Editor’s note: This week’s writers are Kate Corrigan and Sebastian Miska, who started farming together in Ripton in 2006 and operate North Branch Farm & Gardens. Corrigan grew up in Shoreham, where her family raised their own eggs, pork and poultry; and Miska grew up in the Middlebury area and enjoyed frequent visits to family in Germany, where he developed an appreciation for pork charcuterie.
MIDDLEBURY — Although his tenure as Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will last only one year, Gail Conley doesn’t like to hear the word “interim” used before his title.
That’s because, he said, “interim” leader can conjure notions of someone satisfied with staying the course until a permanent replacement comes along. And Conley served notice last week that he will not simply be holding down the fort during his year in office.