May 13th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury and Vermont Hard Cider Co. officials gathered on Friday, May 10, for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Exchange Street site of the company’s new, state-of-the-art cidery, slated for completion by next spring.
The $30 million, 100,000-square-foot project is being built less than a mile from the current Middlebury facility on Pond Lane, which will continue to produce the company’s very popular Woodchuck Hard Cider. A post-and-beam barn will also welcome visitors to Woodchuck, with a gift shop, tastings and tours.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has recently agreed to join with all other Vermont hospitals, as well as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in the newly formed OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
MONKTON — After more than a year without first response service, Monkton is poised to get its rescue squad back.
Four Monkton EMTs, led by assistant fire chief Kevin Alexander, are applying for licensure from the Vermont Department of Health and hope to be up and running in June.
“It’ll bring quicker response time,” said Alexander, an EMT who serves with Bristol Rescue in addition to his service with the Monkton Fire Department. “There’s definitely a need.”
BRISTOL — As part of their yearlong effort to increase health and safety awareness among their peers, students in the Mount Abraham Union High School Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program (VTLSP) organized and hosted a mock crash scenario and Ghost Out day on Friday, May 3.
The simulated accident scene included student actors staging a car crash caused by impaired driving. Bristol fire, police and rescue personnel as well as Vermont State Police responded to the scene, securing the vehicle and addressing the staged medical needs of the involved students.
MIDDLEBURY — The resurgent Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse program hit a bump in the road on Saturday, when an inspired visiting Mount Mansfield squad snapped a halftime tie on the way to a 14-7 victory over the Tigers.
MILTON — Middlebury Union High School track and field athletes won a dozen events on May 7 as both the Tiger boys and girls earned overall victories at a three-team meet hosted by Milton.
The Tiger boys scored 84 points to defeat Milton (40) and Hazen (31), while the Tiger girls picked up 68 points to top Milton (57) and Hazen (10).
VERGENNES — Residents of Vergennes are invited to attend the Vergennes Downtown/Recreation Planning Forum on Wednesday, May 22, from 7-9 p.m. at the Vergennes Opera House. The city of Vergennes, in collaboration with the Vergennes Partnership and the Vergennes Opera House, has planned this meeting as an opportunity for the public to discuss recreation and downtown projects identified in the city plan that will increase the standard of living and community well-being of Vergennes residents.
BRISTOL — The First Baptist Church of Bristol is raffling of a one-seater canoe and paddle made and donated by Stephen Ahern of Starksboro. Proceeds will help to keep the historic community First Baptist Church buildings “afloat.”
The church, one of Bristol’s historic landmarks, has stood since 1819. The last major renovation was in 1925 when, among other work, stained glass windows were added. Proceeds generated by the raffle will help ensure that the building can continue to be maintained and updated.