September 1st, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — The floodwaters that covered fields in the wake of the rain and wind from Tropical Storm Irene on Sunday were strangely reminiscent of the high waters that covered fields this spring, pushing seasonal planting back by a month for some.
And Irene, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it headed north, decimated agricultural fields in some areas of Vermont and, for many others, threw hopes of a late fall growing season into question.
GRANVILLE/HANCOCK — As most Addison County residents turned to recovery and repairs early this week, many Granville and Hancock residents were still trying to make do without phones, electricity and passable roads.
The only two Addison County towns on the eastern slope of the Green Mountains were among the communities hit hardest when Tropical Storm Irene dumped a massive amount of rain on Vermont Sunday.
RIPTON/MIDDLEBURY — In a scene somewhat reminiscent of the flooding of August 2008, Route 125 from East Middlebury to Ripton experienced washouts in three locations as Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Addison County Sunday.
In one location, the Middlebury River took out a swath of guardrail, noted Ripton Selectman Richard Collitt.
LINCOLN — The mountain town of Lincoln was hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene on Sunday with floods closing many roads, including the main connector with Bristol (see story on Page 1A).
Town officials this week said the massive amounts of water flowing through town raised questions about one important piece of local infrastructure — the Gove Hill Bridge — and put to rest worries about another — Burnham Hall.
VERGENNES — Northlands Job Corps has a new interim director who after three weeks in Vergennes has already acted to address the center’s stagnant national rankings and Vergennes officials’ concerns about student behavior.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is cruising into the fall with record ridership numbers, a revitalized bus fleet and a plan to give customers real-time updates on the timeliness of its bus runs.
The county’s public transportation organization released figures last week showing its fleet of 16 buses had dispensed a combined total of 156,000 rides during the 12 months preceding June 30, 2011. That’s 22-percent higher than ACTR’s previous record year, officials said.
MIDDLEBURY — For 33 years, organizers of the Middlebury Festival on-the-Green have been able to draw a steady stream of talented entertainers to the heart of Addison County’s shire town for a week of free music and family fun.
Now organizers are appealing for an infusion of new talent within their own ranks in order to keep the annual festival successful and vibrant into the future.
“We are at an energy crossroads,” said Festival on-the-Green President Gale Hurd.
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In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, a statewide push is on to offer up helping hands or monetary and supply donations. While communication to some towns is still difficult and the full extent of the damage is still not yet tallied, people across the state are in need of housing, food, supplies and help rebuilding.