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October 13th, 2014
BRISTOL — Dozens of volunteers came out to help construct the new playground on the Bristol green Oct. 4 and 5, but a delayed shipment prevented the crew from completing the project.
“Each day, 20 to 40 people came and we did as much as we could,” said Jill Kopel, a project organizer and Bristol parent. “We’re very close.”
MIDDLEBURY — A feature-length documentary film that chronicles the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team’s surprising 1983 undefeated season and state title will be aired on a Vermont TV station eight time over the next week.
Vermont PBS Plus, Vermont Public Television’s new high-definition channel, will broadcast “The Green Mountain Upset” between Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Tuesday, Oct. 21.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents are mourning the loss of their selectboard chairman, Paul Saenger, who died on Oct. 5 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Former Selectwoman Karen Shackett has been appointed to serve the balance of Saenger’s one-year term, which will be up for grabs next March on Town Meeting Day.
MONTPELIER — Sportsmen and women should be optimistic about the upcoming deer hunting seasons, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
“Our overall herd health is good, and people are seeing a lot of deer right now,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Hunters who scout early should do well as favorite fall foods for deer — apples and nuts — appear spotty. Hunters should key in on these fall food areas, because deer will concentrate in them.”
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol will host the 16th annual Scouting Salute to Veterans parade on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. The annual event was started in Richmond in 1999 by a high school teacher/Scout leader to encourage Scouts to recognize veterans, the parade has also been held in Barre, Montpelier, Bennington, Windsor, St. Johnsbury, Vergennes, Burlington, Waterbury, Essex Junction, Northfield, St. Albans, Milton, Morrisville and Springfield.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectboard members said last week they are nearing a $40,000 deal to buy 2.2 acres of land behind the town office building and next to Ferrisburgh Central School. The deal will be subject to Town Meeting Day voter approval.
Town and school officials have been talking for months about the property with landowner Clark Hinsdale III, but at their Oct. 7 meeting, selectboard members said a purchase-and-sale agreement has been written and could be signed soon.
MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury is distributing free Narcan emergency kits to people seeking to have the substance handy for a friend or loved one at risk of overdosing on opiates.
MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Friday decided not to reopen the Certificate of Public Good it issued Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, allowing construction of the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes to continue.
The state utilities regulator also detailed an increased burden on Vermont Gas Systems ratepayers, who will ultimately pay for the pipeline project.