July 29th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — With the new Cross Street Bridge due for completion in a little more than three months, Middlebury selectmen on Tuesday got a first-hand view of what could be the community’s next big capital improvement project — a new municipal fire station.
BRISTOL — The bridge across the New Haven River at South Street in the Bristol village closed for repairs Tuesday and will not open again until 2012 at the earliest, according to Bristol Town Administrator Bill Bryant.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation, known as VTrans, inspected the bridge last week as a follow up to an inspection last October.
In Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, the challenge voters face is two-fold: determining which candidate can best fulfill one’s own political priorities and goals, and determining which candidate has the best chance of beating Republican Brian Dubie.
RIPTON — Middlebury and Ripton officials support further study of a $1.6-million plan to install a series of flood walls and culverts along Route 125 from Ripton to East Middlebury as a way of minimizing washouts and other damage from future flooding.
CASTLETON — Despite another fine regular season, the Addison County American Legion baseball team came up short in the Vermont tournament for the second straight summer this past weekend, when two upsets at Castleton State College sent AC home early.
On Friday, Southern Division No. 3 seed Brattleboro edged AC, the Northern No. 2 seed, 3-1. On Saturday, North No. 4 Colchester eliminated AC from the double elimination tournament, 12-2.
MIDDLEBURY — When Pierre Vachon set out to get a pair of tragedy/comedy masks tattooed on his upper arm last year, he had no idea that the venture would lead him to become a business proprietor in downtown Middlebury.
During the long hours in the tattoo chair, he got to know tattoo artist Christin Eaton, who was operating a fully licensed business out of her home.
“As she was tattooing me we were talking, and it just kind of fit,” he said. “We thought, ‘Why don’t we open up a shop together?’”
I recently went to a fly-tying workshop at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library. Getting a lesson in tying flies from David Henderson and Bob Reynolds was not only highly enjoyable, it also reminded me of two important outdoor sporting lessons I learned when I was young.
The first was that outdoor sports can be expensive and dangerous. The second, and more important lesson, related to the first, had to do with which of my parents to go to for money and which to go to for permission.
Last weekend, we threw a huge party at our house so we could celebrate my stepson’s recent wedding in Oklahoma with our friends and family in Vermont. It was a great time, or so they tell me; I was so busy being a good hostess I didn’t speak to any of the guests.
I found out that putting together such an event is not easy. So I’ve compiled a brief list of dos and don’ts for anyone who might someday decide to hold a party where the number of guests exceeds the population of the average Vermont town. Here goes: