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June 23rd, 2011
MIDDLEBURY —The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) purchased a used Toyota Prius on March 24 with funds from its regular operating budget. Then, at the end of May, the planning commission went to a third-party provider in Boston called Hymotion to convert the car into a plug-in hybrid using federal stimulus funds.
Essentially, what Hymotion did was take out the spare tire in the trunk and replace it with a rechargeable 5-kWh battery pack. The car is now a hybrid with extra energy storage in the back that is charged using an outlet.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Lions Club at its annual awards night banquet Monday honored four club members and one community member with one of its highest tributes, and bestowed its Lion of the Year award on member Cleon Bigelow.
In a celebration of another year of service to the local and worldwide community, Lion Tom Broughton presented the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowships to Lions Cathy Anderson, Dave Nourse, Donald “Doc” Hunt and Cory Newton, as well as to Mark Perrin, owner of Green Peppers Restaurant.
Hannaford Career Center agribusiness students are raising chickens at the north campus on Exchange St. in Middlebury. The chickens were hatched in fifth grade classrooms at Mary Hogan Elementary School before moving to the HCC. They are being raised in hoop houses built by the construction class at the HCC, which are light enough to be moved daily in order to provide a fresh patch of grass every day. The chickens are now available for pre-order, and will be slaughtered and sold on July 6.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) has drafted a controversial new map that re-draws several Addison County House districts and even splits one local town — Monkton.
The new map, which will set the boundaries for House districts that will be contested in the 2012 election, must be endorsed by the Legislature before it becomes law.
MIDDLEBURY — After a year’s hiatus, the Middlebury Area Community Garden has finally found a new home at Porter Medical Center.
A shake-up last spring at Otter Creek Brewing left the garden homeless — since its founding in the spring of 2009, it had been based on the brewery’s property. It was April when the garden’s steering committee discovered that the space would be unavailable, and by then it was too late to find and prepare another location before the growing season.
MIDDLEBURY — For those who think that chickens are only good for meat and eggs, take note: the flock being raised on the north campus of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center has spent several months as teachers, as well.
ADDISON COUNTY — While Vermont’s heavy snows and chilly spring temperatures drove many local residents into a frenzy, maple sugarmakers across the state celebrated their sweetest year in almost a century.
Vermont took the maple cake once again, leading the nation in syrup production with a whopping 1.14 million gallons in 2011, which accounts for about 40 percent of the nation’s 2.79 million gallons, according to figures released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
NEW HAVEN — The Maplefields Mobil gas station on the New Haven stretch of Route 7 North will be closed for approximately one month beginning June 19, at 11 p.m. After what station manager Sherry Cram referred to as “years of abuse,” the station is shutting down to remove contaminated soil and possibly reduce toxins already found in the bedrock.