March 5th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY —Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted 915-798 in favor of a $6.5 million bond to erect a new municipal building and recreation center. Voters rejected, by a 955-731 tally, a citizens’ petition that sought to direct the selectboard to instead rebuild or renovate the municipal building and gym at their current location at 94 Main St.
Voters also elected Dean George, Brian Carpenter and Laura Asermily to vacancies on the town selectboard. Incumbent Selectman Craig Bingham was defeated in his bid for a fourth consecutive term on the board.
Former Middlebury town planner Fred Dunnington sent along photos taken in the tropics with the underwater camera he got as a retirement present this past summer. With the temperature on Monday night hovering at zero, selectboard Chairman Dean George said at Middlebury’s town meeting he was glad someone was enjoying warm weather somewhere.
Dennis Cassidy asked the moderator, former Gov. Jim Douglas, if he was ready to declare he was running for governor again. Douglas dryly quipped that Cassidy was “out of order on many fronts.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has found no illegalities with an informational flier that Middlebury officials created and mailed to all local residents explaining the details of a new town office building and recreation center proposal that will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 4.
BRISTOL — Town residents are hard at work planning the 16th annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade, which will be held in Bristol next November.
The event, which is sponsored by the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is held in a different Vermont town each year. Veterans and Boy Scouts alike walk in the parade, which is held in honor of the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Champlain Valley business owners spoke out against the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project at a press conference this past Tuesday at the Vermont Soap Works factory in Middlebury.
The speakers, led by Vermont Soap CEO Larry Plesant, urged businesses in Addison County not to use natural gas when it arrives here, possibly in 2014. The press conference was organized by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), a lobbying firm that opposes the pipeline.
MIDDLEBURY — Bret Williams has dutifully “tended bar” at the helm of the Vermont Hard Cider Co. (VHC) for more than a decade.
Now, after taking the company from the brink of bankruptcy to its current status as the second-largest hard cider producer in the world, Williams is ready for his “last call.”
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Construction crews are mobilizing heavy equipment for the upcoming replacement of the Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury, a project that contractors said will impose some short-term pain for neighbors and travelers in order to generate a finished product in a shorter period of time.