October 1st, 2012
Let’s get to the take home moment first, then we’ll back into the ground-breaking news last week concerning the $500 million economic development initiative launched in the Northeast Kingdom: Dare to think big; all it takes to make it a reality here is vision, enthusiasm and shoe leather.
Keep that in mind as you read the details of the $500 million package that could produce up to 10,000 jobs (5,000 permanent) in a section of the state that has historically seen high unemployment and a stagnant economy.
BRISTOL — At its Monday meeting, the Bristol selectboard approved a town improvement project in Memorial Park proposed by Eagle Scout Taylor Allred, a senior at Mount Abraham Union High School.
In his project, Allred will clear brush and rebuild a portion of the railing system on the back side of the stream, targeting a specific area where he will replace 16 fence posts that are rotting and unstable.
VERGENNES — About a dozen years after the idea was first floated by a Vermont Agency of Transportation official, the historic, roughly 160-year-old former Vergennes train station will apparently soon be on the move from North Main Street to a site about a quarter-mile north, next to the agency’s Ferrisburgh commuter lot.
BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School soccer team rode a fast start and strong defense to a 2-1 win at Mount Abraham on Thursday that gave the Commodores a season sweep of the Eagles, whose only losses have come to their county rivals.
The Commodores — 3-4-1 after their second straight win — set the tone early with determined play and then scored two goals in the half’s final 13 minutes just when the 5-2-1 Eagles seemed to be on the verge of taking control.
BRISTOL — On Friday in Bristol visiting Essex shrugged off an early goal by the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team and rallied for a 2-1 victory.
But the Metro Conference setback to one of the state’s top teams did not take the luster off what has been the best season for the Eagles in five years: They are 5-2-1 and were coming off a 1-0 win on Tuesday over previously undefeated South Burlington.
MIDDLEBURY — Growing confidence, hard work and lineup tinkering paid off for the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Tuesday, when the Tigers jumped on visiting Colchester early and coasted to a 4-0 win that was the first of their season.
Senior captain Tiffany Danyow, who on Tuesday helped the Tigers dominate at midfield, believed in recent games they were increasingly competitive, especially in a 1-0 loss three days before to Champlain Valley.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday agreed to ask voters in November to approve a $6.5 million bond to fund major repairs and upgrades to the school’s building and site.
Most notably, work would include fixing leaky roofing on the classroom wing; making major improvements and safety upgrades to the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria; and installing artificial turf on the school’s varsity soccer and lacrosse field and surrounding it with a track.
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Maxine Fidler has long quipped about the legibility of her handwriting. Copious examples of it could be found in the individual files maintained for the approximately 200 patients in her growing Middlebury practice, Acorn Natural Medicine PLC.
Well, after nine months of after-hours work, Fidler has translated her scrawl-on-paper into what is becoming the universal language of physicians’ offices and hospitals throughout the state: Typed print and crisp charts securely stored and retrieved through a computer database.