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November 8th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. James Douglas’s first post-gubernatorial job will be a short-term teaching assignment in his own backyard, on the campus from which he launched his political career almost four decades ago: his alma mater, Middlebury College.
RIPTON — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, faced no opponent in his re-election bid on Nov. 2 and hopes to have similar smooth sailing in his next political contest coming up on Dec. 4.
On that date, the four-term Addison-2 lawmaker will ask his Democrat colleagues to elect him assistant majority leader — also known as “majority whip” — of the Vermont House.
MIDDLEBURY — The romance between Laura Wright and Samuel Clemens was a whirlwind on the New Orleans riverfront, lasting only three days in the spring of 1858.
The passionate (though chaste) meeting had a lasting impact on the lives of both young people long after they went their separate ways — 14-year-old Laura to become a schoolteacher in Los Angeles; 22-year-old Sam to pilot steamboats and, later, begin writing under the pen name Mark Twain.
FERRISBURGH — The owners of a Route 7 parcel and their representatives on Wednesday submitted to the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment a revised plan for what one of them called a “discount department store.” The 9.9-acre tract lies across the highway from the new solar farm near the intersection with Monkton Road.
About 20 people attended the second of two public hearings on a plan for a 10,000-square-foot, one-story, metal-sided and roofed Dollar General store, which the developers hope will be the first of three stores on the site.
GRANVILLE — The Granville selectboard is seeking public comment on a proposed 100-foot cell tower that AT&T seeks to raise off Butz Road in Lower Granville.
The board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Granville town clerk’s office. The selectboard would like to hear from residents, renters, businesses and second homeowners in Granville and the surrounding areas. A notice of the meeting said it is an opportunity for people to ask questions or make comments to an AT&T representative regarding the proposed wireless communications tower.
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s Addison Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is seeking to raise $11,000 to help its planned performance of “Peter Pan” soar to lofty heights.
The $11,000 is needed to hire Flying by Foy — a professional aerial choreography company — to literally get A.R.T.’s Peter Pan production off the ground. A representative of the company would come in to rig the Middlebury Union High School auditorium stage with the necessary cables and other technology to allow the student stars of the play to take flight in Pan-like fashion.
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury Union High School football team on Friday earned a berth in this coming Saturday’s Division II final at Castleton State College, but the win wasn’t easy or pretty, and it might prove to be costly.
The 10-0 Tigers outlasted No. 4 Fair Haven, 9-6, on the quagmire that was Doc Collins Field.
Both the stingy Tiger defense and the deep mud slowed Fair Haven’s potent spread offense — the 6-4 Slaters’ managed 170 yards of offense, 138 in the second half as they tried to rally from a 9-0 halftime deficit.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County and Brandon voters followed statewide trends on Tuesday in backing Democrat Peter Shumlin for governor, Republican Phil Scott for lieutenant governor, Democrat Jim Condos for secretary of state, and incumbent Republican Tom Salmon for state auditor.
Area voters also joined the groundswell of support that swept incumbent U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., to new terms in office.