August 11th, 2011
It’s summertime, and all I want to do is go swimming.
Say what you will about this year’s tough weather — a long winter followed by six weeks of bring-out-the-ark rain followed by drought — but it’s been a great summer for soaking one’s head.
It doesn’t get much better for lake lovers than Button Bay, Kingsland Bay and the Branbury Beach on Lake Dunmore. And for those who like to earn their swim, there’s always the hike up to Silver Lake.
CORNWALL — Leaders of the seven towns that make up the Addison Central Supervisory Union have set new 2011-2012 property tax rates that range from a 4.5-cent decrease in Middlebury to a 12-cent increase in Bridport.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Independent, which has a sister newspaper in Brandon and two others in Colchester and Essex, is slated to soon expand the family with another sister newspaper, this one based in Killington.
Addison Press Inc. owner Angelo Lynn announced this week that he and Royal Barnard, owner of The Mountain Timesof Killington, have signed a letter of intent for Lynn to purchase The Mountain Timesand its ancillary publications as of Sept. 1.
MIDDLEBURY — Whether it was the promise of warm and sunny weather, live music or ample wine, beer and cheese samples, people turned out in downtown Middlebury in droves on Saturday to attend the inaugural Midd Summer Festival.
According to event organizers, the celebration of Vermont products was a smashing success.
BRISTOL — At a Monday meeting, the Bristol selectboard set 2011-2012 property tax rates that rose a few percentage points for each type of property.
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard on July 25 announced that the bond taken out in 2002 to fund the 2003 fire station addition was refinanced by the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank at a lower interest rate. Meeting minutes indicated that this reduction in future interest payments will save the town money.
“Interest rate reductions don’t kick in until 2015 … so the refinancing will only affect the last two years of bond payments and will only … range from $700 to $1,000 in savings,” said Charles Roumas, town treasurer.
NEW HAVEN — Just one week after Addison County Fair & Field Days wraps up, the New Haven fairgrounds will again be covered with rides, games, food and more, as the first annual Grand Master’s Fair is set to take place on Sunday, Aug. 21. The event will be free to the public.
This fair is being organized by the Freemasons of Vermont, as well as other Masonic fraternities including the Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, York Rite, the Shriners, DeMolay Boys, Rainbow Girls and the Sojourners.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Television (MCTV) viewers have for the past two decades been able to get a sampling of programming in French, through the locally produced “Chronique Francophone.”
Now the station is branching out into Spanish through a religious program offered by a pastor who has preached at Baptist churches in Starksboro, Middlebury and Huntington.