October 17th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — While the prospect of building new municipal offices and a new recreation center is grabbing most of the headlines in Middlebury these days, the town is also taking stock in two other substantial capital projects: major repairs to a portion of the Ilsley Public Library roof, and the need to install a liner in the town swimming pool.
VERGENNES — The proposed Vergennes toddler playground has a few hurdles to clear before it can be built near the city pool this spring. The project depends on whether the city receives a $25,000 state grant, aldermen heard at their Oct. 8 meeting.
Alderman and city recreation committee head Joe Klopfenstein and City Manager Mel Hawley updated the council on the proposed toddler park at that meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — The lone Middlebury College student that took part in the vandalism of a 9/11 memorial on the college’s campus has been disciplined, the college said in a statement.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted a Schoolhouse Hill Road resident who reported hearing “footsteps” in her back yard on Oct. 8. Two police officers checked the exterior of the home and heard a moaning sound in the woods nearby. Police went to the sound of the moaning and found a moose that is suspected to have been the source of the scary footsteps.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Route 125, approximately six-tenths of a mile east of Brooks Road, in Ripton this past Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:31 p.m. The trooper reported that David Manning, 39, of Ripton stopped his truck — a 2006 GMC pickup — in the travel portion of the roadway to check the security of “hold downs” and the trailer load, a full-size Ford, dual-wheeled dump truck.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt recently with a variety of incidents, including a possible case of inappropriate touching of children, an allegation of employee theft, a longstanding dispute between two city women, and a citation for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Between Oct. 7 and 13, Vergennes police:
• On Oct. 7 conducted a police canine demonstration at Vergennes Union High School.
Our beautiful, warm and sunny fall has been a boon for leaf peepers, hikers, gardeners and farmers alike. Many dairy farmers are harvesting their fourth and even some fifth cuttings of hay — a rarity in the Champlain Valley. Most farmers have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the forages (hay and corn silage) they have harvested this year. Since healthy cows and good milk production begin with high-quality forage and lots of it, our dairy cows should be well served this next year.
When you spend most of your time in Vermont, it’s easy to forget that we live on the west coast of New England. And that to the west, there is a wild kingdom with few equals on this or any other continent.
The Adirondack Park, one of America’s largest wilderness areas, was the playground of my youth — a place to hike from lake to lake, to ascend many of the traditional 46 peaks above 4,000 feet, and to ski trails to the point of getting lost and having to bivouac in subzero temperatures overnight.