October 4th, 2012
VERGENNES — Back in 1907, Vergennes native William Gove Bixby surprised fellow townspeople in his will by leaving much of his estate — the bulk of which he inherited from his sister — for the purpose of building a new public library in his hometown.
Five years later, workers finished building the Bixby Free Memorial Library, and 100 years after that — on Oct. 13, a week from Saturday, to be precise — the Vergennes institution named after Bixby will hold a party to celebrate its 100th birthday.
MIDDLEBURY — A new Waterbury Center-based company is trying to bring the promise of solar-powered electric generation to Addison County at a price that Vermonters can afford.
A new Waterbury Center-based company called Suncommon announced on Tuesday that it will soon begin installing solar electric systems on Addison County homes with no up-front cost and for monthly rates that can be less than what the customers are paying for conventional electricity.
MIDDLEBURY — Kori and Kathleen Martell of Middlebury deal with a daily shopping dilemma when it comes to buying food for themselves and their baby daughter.
“It’s easier to buy the junk food than the healthy food,” Kathleen Martell said on Thursday while cradling her daughter Dianna at the Addison County Parent-Child Center. “Junk food is less expensive.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Rev. Susan McGarry had been looking for a opportunity to move to Vermont after having spent more than three decades involved in the ministry and academics in the Midwest.
She has now found that opportunity at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in downtown Middlebury, where she officially began her duties in late August.
CORNWALL — Each month, a growing group of women in Addison County get together for lunch.
But not just any lunch. The meals are hosted by the first Vermont chapter of Dining for Women, a national charity that raises money for women’s groups around the world.
Marion Leonard, a kindergarten teacher at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, and Mary Gill, a school nurse there, initiated Addison County’s chapter. The group has been meeting monthly since April, and is growing fast.
Editor’s note: This story was published in the Sept. 20 Addison Independent, but is being reprinted here because of a printer’s error in that edition.
Middlebury College senior Mike Joseph loves baseball — and now he has a shot, a long shot perhaps, to embark on a career in baseball, having signed a contract in August with the Baltimore Orioles.
MIDDLEBURY — A former prosecutor with the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office pleaded innocent on Tuesday in Chittenden County Criminal Court to charges of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment. The charges stemmed from a Sept. 8 incident in which she allegedly drove up Middlebury’s Seminary Street for around 200 feet while her 8-year-old daughter was holding onto and running alongside the vehicle.
MONKTON — Vermont State Police have responded to a spate of break-ins in recent days, particularly in the town of Monkton, with the most disturbing case involving the theft Monday of a pewter urn containing the ashes of a family’s deceased infant child.