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September 11th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission will host a panel discussion on the threat posed by mosquito-borne diseases on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of its September monthly meeting.
WHITING/BRANDON — After lightning and bad weather forced Vermont Department of Health officials to cut short an effort last Thursday to spray pesticide over parts of Whiting and Brandon to kill mosquitoes carrying a deadly disease, they finished the job on Friday evening.
ADDISON COUNTY — Homeowners in a half-dozen Addison County towns who would like to take advantage of voter-approved Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district provisions to help finance energy-efficiency improvements will have to wait a little longer.
But an official of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC), which is expected to help the 32 Vermont PACE towns administer the program, said progress is being made in what he and others say is a complex process of putting regulations and financial backing in place for the $20 million statewide program.
SOUTH STARKSBORO — Greg Orvis easily recalls the days when the one big classroom at the Jerusalem Schoolhouse in South Starksboro was buzzing with activity. As many as 27 students in grades 1 through 8 learned their lessons under the watchful eye of Mrs. Wyman when Orvis attended the school in the late 1950s and ’60s.
“She was very organized, and some of the older kids helped the younger kids,” Orvis, 61, said of Lucy Wyman, who taught at the grade school for years.
MIDDLEBURY — The Counseling Service of Addison County is seeking permission from Middlebury town officials to transform one of its former group homes into a base to deliver programs for youths dealing with autism and/or emotional and behavioral challenges.
VERGENNES — The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Lois McClure, a replica canal schooner, will visit Vergennes in October to celebrate the city’s pivotal role in the War of 1812.
Vergennes aldermen at their Aug. 21 meeting gave permission for the museum to use the city docks on Oct. 12, 13 and 14 to moor the schooner.
On the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 12, the LCMM schooner will head up Otter Creek to Vergennes, the last leg of its 40-stop tour “Commemorating the War, Celebrating the Peace,” through Canada, New York and Vermont.
SHOREHAM/MIDDLEBURY — As Vermont’s local food market continues to thrive, two Addison County farms are building up — literally.
Family-owned businesses Champlain Orchards in Shoreham and Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury are both raising new structures on their respective properties this season. The rise of niche markets, especially fermented cider products, played an important role in the expansion of both orchards.
“We’ve been seeing a new type of customer,” said Bill Suhr of Champlain Orchards.
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes has launched its annual local fundraising drive, an effort that club Executive Director Mike Reiderer said is important for the youth organization in more ways than one.
The club’s goal this year is $17,500, as it has been in recent years. Reiderer said the effort netted $16,000 in 2011, the fundraising drive’s most successful result.