January 23rd, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Development Review Board (DRB) will spend the next few weeks discussing separate proposals seeking to bring a new mattress store, automotive reconditioning building and golf recreation facility to town.
The DRB on Monday, Jan. 23, will also resume its review of Vermont Hard Cider’s proposal to build a new, 87,005-square-foot plant on Exchange Street. Middlebury Town Planner Fred Dunnington said the board has already given the major project conceptual approval.
MONKTON — In the wake of a burglary at Monkton Central School last week, school staff and students are putting the school back together and returning to normal.
“There are people around making repairs and that’s somewhat disruptive,” said Principal Susan Stewart. “The teachers and staff are definitely keeping things as normal as possible. There hasn’t been any huge interruption.”
MIDDLEBURY — After an unprecedented $141,333.45 of dorm damage in the 2010-11 academic year, the College saw a 44.5 percent decrease during the first semester of the current academic year.
According to data released by Assistant Director of Custodial Services Linda Ross, there was a total of $21,605.03 of damage this past fall semester. Comparatively, the College suffered $48,550.629 during the fall of 2010.
Ross, a Middlebury resident, attributed the turnaround to this year’s first-year class and a “phenomenal” residential life staff.
MIDDLEBURY — When one thinks of a French wine, perhaps Bordeaux or Beaujolais comes to mind.
That’s the concept of “terroir” at play: the “taste of place” that is so central to French wines. And the concept is one that Scott Burns, a professor of geology at Portland State University, is extending to home turf with his studies of how soil type affects wine in his home state of Oregon.
VERGENNES — Firefighters from 17 local towns showed up in festive fashion last Wednesday evening for the annual dinner of the Addison County Firefighters Association (ACFA).
But they weren’t the only ones in attendance at the Addison County Eagles Club. A crew of Canadian firefighters came down to learn what makes Addison County firefighting squads so dynamic.
BRISTOL — Both girls’ basketball teams had positives to take away from Saturday’s game at Mount Abraham Union High School, where the host Eagles held off a Middlebury rally for a 43-41 victory.
Mount Abe coach Connie LaRose saw her team pull out a tough game with major contributions from sophomores Ashlie Fay and Meghan Livingston, who combined to score 21 of the Eagles’ final 23 points, and clutch free-throw shooting — Mount Abe sank its final 11 free throws.
When President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil 1,750 miles from the tar sands of western Canada to the refineries in Texas, it was more than a victory for Ripton environmentalist Bill McKibben against this one project: it was a rare victory against the special treatment the U.S. government has long given the oil industry.
It also signals the beginning of change, perhaps, in the county’s attitude when weighing the value of dirty energy against the health of the environment.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department reported last week that in early December it had tied up loose ends on a September burglary in which more than $1,000 worth of machinery was stolen.
The machinery was stolen from a workshop on North Street in Septemberand allegedly sold to a resident of Kountry Trailer Park. When the Kountry Trailer Park resident reported a stolen table saw, which later was found on Liberty Street, he asked about other recent machinery thefts. That’s when the police discovered the machinery was resold.