October 22nd, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — Of course the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center provides the adoption and emergency shelter services that many would expect from a local animal shelter.
But the Middlebury organization also provide many other services that sometimes go unnoticed. These social service programs contribute to the safety and wellbeing of the animals in our areas and work to make our community shelter an organization we can all be proud of.
Here are a few of these special programs that our shelter provides for Addison County animal families.
CORNWALL — Workers on Thursday began removing asbestos from the former Lavalley Store building in Cornwall village, a task that is expected to culminate in the demolition and removal of the structure before the end of the year.
BRISTOL — At its third crime forum last Wednesday at Mount Abraham Union High School, Bristol public safety officials introduced members of a steering committee charged with addressing a perceived increase in crime and drug use.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team put a rain-soaked exclamation point on its regular season on Friday, when the Tigers dominated visiting Champlain Valley, 35-7, to enter the Division I playoffs with a 5-3 record and — according to several sources — the No. 5 seed.
The Tigers are expected to play at No. 4 Rutland (5-3) on Friday, with the winner of that game facing either undefeated No. 1 Hartford or No. 8 South Burlington (4-4) the following weekend.
This week’s writer is David Sharpe, a former Bristol selectman and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.
As I listened to the Dalai Lama speak Saturday he mentioned a Hawaiian saying: “Your blood is my blood, your bones are my bones, your happiness is my happiness and your suffering is my suffering.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Nelson Recreation Center used to almost shake with the din generated by frenzied crowds cheering the Panthers to several NCAA ice hockey titles.
On Friday, a 77-year-old man attired in simple orange robes kept the Nelson’s 2,800-person crowd silent and in the palm of his hand. He returned Saturday morning for a repeat performance.
MIDDLEBURY — About three years after the old Champlain Bridge was closed due to safety concerns, workers will soon begin the final phase of work on the new Lake Champlain Bridge project.
That work will involve upgrades to property on the Vermont side of the span to include construction of a new boat launch, two gravel parking lots and walking paths with interpretive signs.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems and International Paper Co. on Wednesday announced a $70 million pact through which the South Burlington-based utility would supply natural gas to the paper company’s Ticonderoga, N.Y., mill as soon as 2015.
The agreement, contingent on approval by the Vermont Public Service Board, calls for a 10.5-mile pipeline to be built under Lake Champlain as an offshoot of the Addison Natural Gas Project that has already been pitched to extend natural gas service south from Chittenden County into Vergennes and Middlebury.