September 12th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — They came in buses, van, cars and on bikes to Middlebury Union Middle School on Tuesday evening to protest the proposed Addison Natural Gas Project.
The protest — announced in advance by Rising Tide Vermont — officially kicked off at 6 p.m., an hour before the Vermont Public Service Board hearing on the proposed 43-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — As the members of the Middlebury College class of 2017 began their collegiate careers Monday, the first day of the fall semester, the college was also welcoming news this week that it got high marks of its own in a prestigious college ranking.
FERRISBURGH — Thanks to Ferrisburgh’s recently completed town-wide property reappraisal, town taxpayers are looking at lower rates this tax year, by about 8 cents for homeowners and 10 cents for commercial property owners.
Town Clerk Chet Hawkins said Ferrisburgh’s Common Level of Assessment (CLA) — which measures how the town’s property assessments stack up to fair market value, according to Vermont Department of Taxes calculations — rose by about 10 percent after the reappraisal.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team with virtually an entirely new starting lineup held off an experienced Rice team for most of Tuesday’s home game, but the Green Knights scored with four minutes to go and left with a 2-1 victory.
Right now, a workhorse of a machine is sitting in my husband’s woodshop. If it works properly it’s going to make our lives a lot easier over the next couple weeks.
I found it last Saturday through sheer luck and good timing. At the time I was out running errands and whining loudly, as I tend to do, about how we needed an electric apple grinder to go with our cider press. (A grinder, or “scratter,” reduces apples to a pulp to allow for maximum juice extraction.)
FERRISBURGH — About a year-and-half after Ferrisburgh voters narrowly approved the town becoming a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district, Ferrisburgh homeowners may now apply for a program that could fund energy improvements to their homes with long-term loans.
The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Sept. 3 cleared one hurdle by agreeing to a contract with Efficiency Vermont to administer the PACE program for the town, pending a quick review by the town attorney.
ESSEX — Middlebury Union High School senior Max Moulton won the Division II boys’ race at the Essex Invitational on Saturday, helping the Tiger boys to a second-place finish in a tight battle with Montpelier. Moulton finished the 5K race in 17:14.6, nearly seven seconds ahead of second-place Will LaCroix of Rice.
Ryan Biette, a junior, also cracked the top 10 for MUHS, but the Solons edged the Tigers for first place in team scoring, 50-56.
Opposition continues to be heard to the new Middlebury municipal building proposal, some of it reasonable, but some of it apparently not based on the details of the plan itself.
Rather, some have cited past votes that supported keeping the current site as a rationale to say no to the selectboard’s current proposal. Others expressing opposition seem to be miffed they were not included in the process.