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July 14th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — This summer is bringing some major retail changes to downtown Middlebury, with two Main Street stores moving; another closing; and a new shop opening on Merchants Row.
Conducting moving sales right now are Green Mountain Shoe & Apparel and Otter Creek Used Books, both located in the Lazarus Building at the corner of Main Street and Printer’s Alley.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) trustees will meet next month to discuss future operations of the organization in wake of the resignation of its most recent executive director, Josh Phillips.
Trustees stressed that MALT will continue what has been a 24-year run as a local conservation organization, but noted that Phillips’ departure presents a good opportunity for some bureaucratic introspection.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Aquatic Club had two swim meets last week, hosting Edge Swim Club on Tuesday and visiting Essex on Thursday. The Panthers won in their home meet when Edge forfeited due to not bringing the required officials, and lost to Essex 384-114.
The Panthers won 20 races against Edge, with the under-10 boys winning all four individual events and both relay races, free and medley. The Panthers won five backstroke and breaststroke events, taking two butterfly races and three freestyle races. They won five relay races overall.
VERGENNES — Vergennes teens looking to keep their brains active during the summer months without missing out on fun and games need look no further than the Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program now taking place at Vergennes Union High School.
SAIL is a summer enrichment program that offers numerous classes designed to be both educational and exciting for students from 7th to 11th grade.
BRISTOL — After five months of heavy editing, the Bristol Planning Commission has released a new draft of the town plan for the first time since it took a public poll on Town Meeting Day about gravel extraction, which found town sentiment solidly against language in the commission’s February 9 draft.
NEW HAVEN — Put on your best dancing shoes, save room for the pie-eating contest and get ready to learn some history at New Haven’s 250th birthday bash on Saturday July 16, 2011. Join friends, family, community members and local legislators on New Haven’s town green for a wide range of activities at this year’s town fair from 2 p.m. until the fire department barbecue at 5 p.m.
FERRISBURGH — Three Ferrisburgh residents have stepped forward offering to fill the seven-month balance of a term recently vacated by Selectman Bob Jenkins, who wants to devote more time to local fire department issues.
The Ferrisburgh selectboard will interview all three candidates on Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at the town offices. Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence anticipates she and her colleagues will select a candidate that evening, following the interviews.
ADDISON COUNTY — The severe thunderstorm that rolled through Vermont last Wednesday caused extensive damage, leaving 1,500 Addison County residents temporarily without power and toppling five utility poles.
Crews from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) worked around the clock to restore power to homes in Middlebury, East Middlebury and Weybridge, where the majority of the damage took place.
Christine Rivers of CVPS said the storm was highly localized, hitting certain areas extremely hard, but missing others entirely.