February 24th, 2014
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Eric Murray is hoping his third try for a spot on the Middlebury selectboard will be the charm, as he seeks to break into the winning column on March 4 following a spirited six-person race for two three-year spots on the town’s chief elected board.
How long in life can you continue to pursue physically and emotionally demanding hobbies that have you outside in extreme temperatures, facing challenging and even dangerous scenarios?
The answer for Ed Blechner, dog sled driver of almost 40 years, is “as long as I can.”
Blechner, now 66, first got into dog sledding in 1975. “I was always interested in dogs in functional, non-traditional ways,” he says. With a parallel interest in winter camping, working with sled dogs seemed like a natural hobby to pursue.
ADDISON COUNTY — If Vermont Gas Systems does move forward with eminent domain proceedings against Addison County landowners to secure necessary easements to build its proposed natural gas pipeline, it will have both state statute and recent precedents on its side.
The Canadian-owned utility sent letters to nine Monkton homes last month stating that if an agreement on a right-of-way easement could not be reached, the utility would have no choice but to begin the process of eminent domain.
I’m driving to work too fast, late as usual, trying to make up for those last five minutes I spent puttering around my house when I should have gotten out the door. I lean on the accelerator a little and grab my trusty travel mug, lifting it to my lips just as my wheels hit a bumpy, rippled section of the pavement. I hit the brakes. The tires make painful washboard sounds, and coffee splashes out of my cup and all over the steering wheel.
MIDDLEBURY — A New Jersey company is proposing to build a 9,000-panel, 2.2-megawatt solar farm on 13.5 acres off Route 7 south in Middlebury, a project that would send enough electricity into the state’s grid to annually power 519 Vermont homes.
It’s a project being proposed by Champlain Valley Solar Farm, LLC (CVSF), which lists itself as being affiliated with the SunEdison office in Pennsauken, N.J. SunEdison is headquartered in Belmont, Calif.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Opera House will be transformed into a smaller replica of San Marco Plaza, the famous plaza in Venice, Italy, on Saturday, March 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., for “Carnevale Vergennes.” This gala event features an evening full of music, surprising entertainment, unusual raffle items and guests in masks and costumes.
BRISTOL — The top-seeded and defending champion Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team took an early blow from No. 8 Otter Valley in Friday’s Division II quarterfinal in Bristol, but the Eagles came back swinging to punch their return ticket to Barre, 53-22.
MIDDLEBURY — Both girls’ and boys’ Middlebury Union High School hockey teams won key games on Wednesday to each earn top seeds in Division II.
The Tiger girls withstood a third-period rally from visiting Burr & Burton to prevail, 5-2, and improve to 16-3-1. The Bulldogs are 15-3-2 and earned the No. 2 seed in D-II, while Northfield (15-3-2) is seeded third and Stowe (10-10) is the No. 4 seed.