November 25th, 2013
BRISTOL — The Bristol Green Playground Committee, which is raising funds to build a new playground on the town green, kicked off its fundraising campaign this past Wednesday at the Bobcat Café on Main Street.
The committee, a joint venture of the Bristol Recreation Department and the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership, is using the crowd-funding website indiegogo.com to raise money. The goal is to raise $11,000 in 30 days — as of Nov. 22 at noon, $3,415 had been raised from 26 donations, most of which were between $25 and $50.
RICHMOND — State and federal officials joined with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Superintendents Association earlier this month to confer Energy Star recognition on 11 schools, including Addison Central School. The sought-after designation indicates that the schools are in the top 25 percent nationally for energy efficiency, and that they meet stringent standards for health, ventilation, comfort and lighting quality.
MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with planning Middlebury’s new recreation center expects to decide by Dec. 10 whether to recommend the town build the facility off Mary Hogan Drive as originally proposed, or designate a 2.4-acre parcel off Creek Road as the new preferred site.
VERGENNES — The president of the company that has contracted with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to operate Northlands Job Corps pledged last week to the Vergennes City Council that his firm would work hard to strengthen ties with its host community, including improving cooperation with the Vergennes Police Department.
CORNWALL — Colin Davis and David Dolginow are on a mission to find apples. One would think that would not be a tough task in Addison County, a hub of apple production in the Green Mountain State.
But the two friends and business associates are not looking for just any apples. They are looking for once-abundant varieties that pretty much vanished from the landscape 80 years ago, fruit they want to reintroduce as the foundation for a new hard cider brand they hope to launch in the near future.
VERGENNES — A new business in downtown Vergennes showcases the finest in temporary henna body art, as well as fine art and boutique retail from around the globe.
Heartfire Henna Studio opened at 237 Main St, in October. Rebecca Freedner, owner and founder, has been working as a henna artist for more than eight years, and has spent time in Morocco studying with henna artists of the region. She brings her passion for art to the new studio space, and hopes it will be a gathering point for lovers of culture from Vermont and beyond.
MIDDLEBURY — Warren Miller has created 64 action-packed films that follow skiers and snowboarders to some of the most exotic places in the world. The series has an enormous international following, and will make its Middlebury debut with a screening of the latest film, “Ticket to Ride,” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Thursday, Dec. 5, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
VERGENNES — In early November, a campaign that a high school student kicked off almost five years ago — to create a composting system at Vergennes Union High School — came to fruition when volunteers spread the first finished batch of compost on garlic beds at the Willowell Farm & Garden in Monkton.