August 26th, 2010
BRIDPORT — Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, woke up Wednesday morning with a new lease on his political life after surviving a spirited challenge from East Middlebury resident Amy Sheldon in a close Democrat write-in campaign for state Senate.
Giard, a three-term incumbent, defeated Sheldon 845-757, based on write-in returns from the 23 Addison County towns and Brandon that make up the two-seat senatorial district.
BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol and those who pass through the village will soon breathe a sigh of relief when driving downtown.
That’s because the construction under North and South streets that has kept portions of the roads unpaved all summer is nearing its completion a month ahead of schedule, according to town administrator Bill Bryant.
The project, which included replacing a section of the town’s stormwater system and upgrades to the water main in the downtown area, began in April and was originally scheduled to conclude in November.
BRISTOL — Two Bristol residents will be the Republican standard bearers in the general election race for the two Addison-4 Vermont House seats.
Bristol Selectman John “Peeker” Heffernan and investment counselor Fred Baser on Tuesday won the three-way race in the GOP primary for the two House seats that represent Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. Starksboro resident Dan Nugent finished third.
FERRISBURGH — Champlain Oil Company’s proposal for a Ferrisburgh gas station large enough to handle truck traffic and including a convenience store and fast-food restaurant will return to Environmental Court on Sept. 7. Also on that date the judge hearing the case will make a visit to the Route 7 site that COCO hopes to buy and develop.
The site visit to the former home of the Ferrisburgh Roadhouse and Burdick’s Country Kitchen is set for 2 p.m., with the session at the Addison County Courthouse in Middlebury to follow at 3 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — As late summer draws on, farmers and home gardeners alike are checking their tomatoes and potatoes for signs of late blight.
So far, though, they’ve mostly been able to breathe a collective sigh of relief, since the fungus that was widespread by the middle of last summer has only reared its head in a handful of isolated cases this year.
“I’m hyper vigilant about noticing anything,” said Karen LeRoy, whose tomatoes at Popoma Farm in Whiting were hard hit by the late blight last summer. “I think I’m finding more (this year) because I’m looking for it.”
MIDDLEBURY — David Ginevan, former executive vice president and treasurer of Middlebury College and a prominent figure in the Middlebury town community, died on Sunday, Aug. 22. The 68-year-old had been living in Sun City Center, Fla., with his wife, Anne, for the past few years.
BRISTOL — After nearly 40 years of game play, the Bristol tennis courts are finally getting a much-deserved facelift. The Bristol Recreation Club Inc. is replacing the two existing tennis courts, which were originally installed in the mid-’70s and have since been patched, re-surfaced, and re-patched.
“Our only option was to tear them out and start over,” said Jim Devall, former president of the Bristol Recreation Club and current chair of the Field Committee. Devall has helped head up the fund-raising effort for the new courts, which began eight months ago.
VERGENNES — On Labor Day weekend, another new Vergennes fitness venture will join Vermont Sun Fitness Center in the Kennedy Brothers Factory Marketplace building.
On Sept. 4, Vintage Fitness Studio of Vermont, the brainchild of married Vergennes chiropractors Kimberly O’Boyle Palmer and Joel Palmer, will open in 1,500 square feet across the second-story hallway from Vermont Sun’s 3,000-square-foot city branch.