January 28th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — It was around a decade ago that Jeff Weaber began brewing a healthy, fermented beverage called kombucha at his family’s home in Salisbury. It caught on with his friends and neighbors, which inspired him to make a commercial venture out of the drink, made simply from tea, sugar, water, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.
The 2016 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 1, and include a March 14 luncheon with Gov. Peter Shumlin.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Jan. 21 adopted a $1,606,375 spending proposal for the 2016-2017 school year that, if approved on Town Meeting Day, would make few changes to school’s program and would raise spending by 4.12 percent, or about $63,000.
That increase is almost entirely driven by an expected hike of roughly 8 percent in health insurance benefits and contracted raises, said Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning this week.
ADDISON COUNTY — Town Meeting Day will feature races for selectboard spots in Middlebury, Salisbury, Ripton and Weybridge, while Bridport and Ripton will decide competitions for their respective seats on a new, unified district school board that would represent all Middlebury-area schools.
Monday was the deadline for candidates for local offices to submit their nomination papers with their respective town clerks in order to get on the March 1 Town Meeting Day ballot. Folks can still jump into races through write-in campaigns.
LINCOLN — An experienced investigator suspects that the fire that destroyed a Ripton Road home in Lincoln on the night of Jan. 14 was caused by an electrical apparatus for illegal marijuana growing.
According to Robert Patterson, firefighters at the scene of the fire discovered thousands of dollars worth of marijuana plants in the barn at 3625 Ripton Road, tipped off by the smell as fire engulfed the house. The barn, with the marijuana plants inside, did not burn down.
MIDDLEBURY — Perhaps you know that feeling of foreboding and frustration that creeps through you when your Tesla electric car is low on charge in the middle of the road, surrounded by forest or field, miles removed from the nearest charging station. Or maybe you would consider purchasing an electric vehicle if such stations were more numerous in our locality.
MIDDLEBURY — At a celebratory dinner on Tuesday, Middlebury College honored four Addison County residents for their efforts to improve the community.
President Laurie Patton presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to Bruce and Suzanne Byers, Robin Huestis and Natalie Peters.
If this were a typical Vermont winter, I’d be reaching my breaking point right about now. By January I start to feel like people are going out of their way to annoy me by, for example, cutting me off in traffic or being married to me. I can’t help it; it’s hard to be pleasant when it’s dark all the time and I can no longer maintain a core body temperature above 90 degrees.
But this winter has hardly been typical.