August 26th, 2010
FERRISBURGH — Champlain Oil Company’s proposal for a Ferrisburgh gas station large enough to handle truck traffic and including a convenience store and fast-food restaurant will return to Environmental Court on Sept. 7. Also on that date the judge hearing the case will make a visit to the Route 7 site that COCO hopes to buy and develop.
The site visit to the former home of the Ferrisburgh Roadhouse and Burdick’s Country Kitchen is set for 2 p.m., with the session at the Addison County Courthouse in Middlebury to follow at 3 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — As late summer draws on, farmers and home gardeners alike are checking their tomatoes and potatoes for signs of late blight.
So far, though, they’ve mostly been able to breathe a collective sigh of relief, since the fungus that was widespread by the middle of last summer has only reared its head in a handful of isolated cases this year.
“I’m hyper vigilant about noticing anything,” said Karen LeRoy, whose tomatoes at Popoma Farm in Whiting were hard hit by the late blight last summer. “I think I’m finding more (this year) because I’m looking for it.”
MIDDLEBURY — David Ginevan, former executive vice president and treasurer of Middlebury College and a prominent figure in the Middlebury town community, died on Sunday, Aug. 22. The 68-year-old had been living in Sun City Center, Fla., with his wife, Anne, for the past few years.
BRISTOL — After nearly 40 years of game play, the Bristol tennis courts are finally getting a much-deserved facelift. The Bristol Recreation Club Inc. is replacing the two existing tennis courts, which were originally installed in the mid-’70s and have since been patched, re-surfaced, and re-patched.
“Our only option was to tear them out and start over,” said Jim Devall, former president of the Bristol Recreation Club and current chair of the Field Committee. Devall has helped head up the fund-raising effort for the new courts, which began eight months ago.
VERGENNES — On Labor Day weekend, another new Vergennes fitness venture will join Vermont Sun Fitness Center in the Kennedy Brothers Factory Marketplace building.
On Sept. 4, Vintage Fitness Studio of Vermont, the brainchild of married Vergennes chiropractors Kimberly O’Boyle Palmer and Joel Palmer, will open in 1,500 square feet across the second-story hallway from Vermont Sun’s 3,000-square-foot city branch.
BRANDON — An armed man tried to rob the Union Street Grocery store Saturday night, and police have a suspect.
Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell on Monday said the lone male allegedly entered the store at 8 p.m. on Aug. 21 and demanded cash from owner Raj Mastaram, who sounded an alarm. A fight ensued, which continued outside the store in the parking lot.
BRISTOL — Last fall, an injury-riddled Mount Abraham Union High School football team finished a winless season by dressing just two dozen players for its final game, a number that including freshmen who Coach Ernie Senecal didn’t want to throw into the breach. About a dozen athletes who started the season on the roster couldn’t play.
Times have changed: Over the winter, the Mount Abe and Vergennes Union High School boards approved the state’s first cooperative football program.
Well, the tallies are finally in, and it's not yet definitive, but the AP reports that Shumlin has claimed victory in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.