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February 3rd, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten Addison County towns will soon mark an auspicious birthday that will require a lot of candles and the collective breath of many residents to blow out.
The towns of Shoreham, Bridport, Addison, Leicester, Middlebury, New Haven, Cornwall, Panton, Salisbury and Weybridge will this year all commemorate the 250th anniversary of receiving charters from Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, in 1761.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Railway officials on Monday confirmed plans to acquire private and public land along the corridor of a proposed 3.3-mile-long rail spur that would link the Omya quarry off Foote Street in Middlebury with the main line west of Otter Creek. They hope to start building the project during the spring of 2013.
To that end, Vermont Rail has formed a new entity, “Otter Creek Railroad,” to take the lead on a project estimated to cost upwards of $30 million and last two construction seasons.
VERGENNES — On March 1, residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham will be offered a choice on how their towns will in the future fund the Bixby Free Memorial Library.
The Vergennes library, which serves the four towns as well as its host city, has always been listed on the Town Meeting Day ballot in each community as a charitable entity making a specific funding request — except in Vergennes, where aldermen have always included the library in their budget.
LINCOLN — Only tiny shoes were visible beneath a red and yellow papier-mâché dragon as students at Lincoln Community school wove down the hallway last Friday, leading the other students in a colorful parade past classrooms.
Students created the traditional Chinese New Year dragon to kick off the festival that marked the culmination of the school’s month-long unit on China.
For the entire month of January, students in kindergarten through fourth grade studied various aspects of Chinese history and culture to gain a greater understanding of the world outside Vermont.
BRISTOL — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Vermont Community College and Vermont Adult Learning will see a fourth adult learning center joining their ranks in the near future.
But the Hogback Community College, based in the forests of the Five-Town region around Bristol, is not like other continuing education centers. For one thing, it has no building.
And students enrolled in the Hogback Community College won’t be receiving grades or even credit for the courses they take.
MIDDLEBURY — A poem about an old Vermont farmhouse and a sustainability-inspired haiku — this is what Middlebury College students have envisioned for an upcoming collaborative project that will get the students and community members working together.
While architecture and physics students muse over the best way to create a solid envelope out of plywood and insulation in an attempt to bring home the gold at the Solar Decathlon competition next fall, two students are thinking more outside the box.
MIDDLEBURY — Residents in six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s (ACSU) seven member towns will vote this March on proposed 2011-2012 elementary school budgets that proposed lower spending than this year’s.
GOSHEN — Even on a quiet weekday with the forecast for snow, the entry hallway at Blueberry Hill Inn smelled like soup, and owner and innkeeper Tony Clark was rolling mascarpone cheese and pears into pastry dough for the next day’s breakfast.
Clark appeared unhurried, his actions effortless — a tribute to his four decades running the inn and Nordic ski center on Goshen-Ripton Road.