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May 19th, 2011
MONKTON — Watch out world, a team of Monkton Central School first- and second-graders is poised to break a new record.
The students in Barbara Yerrick’s second-grade class and Suzy Way’s first- and second-grade class have joined forces to break the Guinness World Record for team finger knitting, currently held by a group of Austrian fourth-graders at 3.85 miles.
BRISTOL — The industrial park at the corner of Bristol’s Munsill Avenue and Pine Street has been freshly renovated, renamed Bristol Works and is welcoming its first tenants.
The 5.5-acre site, which has been used for industry since 1897, last hosted cosmetics manufacturer Autumn Harp Inc., which was until it left in 2009 the largest employer in Bristol.
BRISTOL — In its continuing effort to update the town plan, the Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday dove into the “Resource Extraction” section of the proposed town plan and tore out a wide range of definitions from ensuing sections of the 120-page draft.
The plan has been a focus of attention as townspeople have debated the merits of a particular gravel pit proposal and sand and gravel extraction in general over the past several years. An application for gravel extraction by the Lathrop family has been the subject of litigation.
VERGENNES — It was a chilly Feb. 15, and Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, knew he shouldn’t be perspiring. But he was.
Clark, 63, had just returned to his room in the Hilltop Inn in Berlin, where he stays during the legislative session. He had just attended a GOP caucus, ironically on the issue of health care legislation, and was starting to feel ill.
BRISTOL — The proposed Bristol Police District budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year represents a 10.5 percent cut in spending and would require 6.5 percent less funding from taxpayers. Residents of the district, which roughly overlaps with the Bristol village, will vote on the proposal on Monday, May 23, in a 7 p.m. meeting at Holley Hall.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School has won a $137,700 grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to further the school’s effort to require students to demonstrate proficiency in self-designed portfolios before graduation.
VUHS hopes to switch to “Performance-Based Graduation Requirements” (PBGRs) by 2016, according to its grant application to the foundation.
MIDDLEBURY — A Monday morning fire at the Middlebury College biomass plant has forced the facility offline until repairs can be made.
College officials have determined that the fire began around 7 a.m., and fire crews from Middlebury and Cornwall arrived on scene soon afterward. Crews quickly concentrated the fire to one location within the building, extinguished the flames, and left the scene at about 9:30 a.m. No one was injured in the fire, and employees who had been evacuated from surrounding buildings were allowed to return to work.
LEICESTER — The town of Leicester will commence celebration of its 250th year with a community picnic, but that’s just the beginning.
Leicester selectboard chair Diane Benware said Monday that planning is ongoing and more ideas and participants are welcome.
“We’re looking at this picnic as being the kick-off,” Benware said.