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November 23rd, 2011
HANCOCK — On Nov. 15, the town of Hancock took another step toward recovery from Tropical Storm Irene when it settled on a contractor to repair a damaged bridge on the lower section of Churchville Road.
Town officials and Phelps Engineering Inc., awarded the bid to Champlain Construction at a selectboard meeting that Tuesday, for a project total of $259,688.90. The town expects that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay a large portion of that cost, while the rest will come from the town’s road budget.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and the contracted buyer of town-owned land earlier this month reached an agreement to extend for three months a key purchase contingency of the $375,000 contract.
The original terms of the Aug. 1 deal between the town and Montpelier’s Eastern Development Corp. for a 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A gave the buyer until Nov. 15 — this past Tuesday — to market its still-undisclosed plans for the property after the sale.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited a 21-year-old Vergennes man for grand larceny on Nov. 16 after he allegedly stole a zero-radius riding lawn mower valued at $1,800 from a Green Street home.
Police said they were alerted by a property manager that the lawn mower was sitting behind a rental property. When police arrived, they learned that Jason “Todd” Shaffer, 21, had tried to sell the mower to another resident.
VERGENNES — The long-planned and often delayed move of the roughly 160-year-old former Vergennes railroad station to the Agency of Transportation’s Ferrisburgh commuter lot has once again been postponed, and this time state officials are blaming Tropical Storm Irene.
The inability of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach agreement on how to reduce the nation’s deficit by $1.2 trillion over a decade corresponds directly with a recent New York Times/NBCpoll showing a record 84 percent of Americans disapprove of how Congress is doing its job, and that its approval rating has hit rock bottom at just 9 percent. That’s an all-time low; less support than even President Richard M. Nixon had during Watergate.
MIDDLEBURY — There are definite signs of life at the longtime restaurant space at 22 Merchants Row after more than a year-and-a-half of dormancy.
Those signs of life are evidenced by the sounds of hammers and skill saws being wielded by workers who are transforming the 2,343-square-foot space into a new Thai restaurant scheduled to open early next month.
It will be called “Sabai Sabai,” Thai words that translate to “comfortable,” noted Art Jilandharn, who with his wife, Claire, will operate the new restaurant.
A teacher from an area grade school called the other day and asked if she could bring her kids around to find out how a newspaper is made. I told her I’d be happy to share what I knew, and we talked about a day and time for the visit.
After I got off the phone I realized I didn’t know the ages of the kids who would be visiting. I knew they weren’t high schoolers. She might have said something about second grade. Good heavens, what would I have to say to children so young?
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Patrick W. Tracy, 37, of Middlebury for violation of the town’s open container ordinance, following an incident on Main Street on Nov. 16.
Police said they were originally called out on a report of a man putting racist stickers on vehicles and business doors in the Marble Works. Police said they found a man answering that description who they said was drunk and dancing in front of 51 Main St., holding an open container of alcohol in his hand. Police said the man fled when asked about stickers they saw in his pocket.