July 11th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Though it is being razed to oblivion, the old municipal gym at 94 Main St. continues to give up some secrets and surprises. The latest: A small time capsule that had been tucked into a cornerstone of the 1939 structure, which provided a recreational hub for generations of Middlebury-area students and adults.
FERRISBURGH — In late fall 2011, when Travis Simpson was a junior at Vergennes Union High School, he signed up for the Commodore wrestling team.
In the winter of 2013, Simpson, who then went by T.J., reached the 182-pound state final despite weighing about 165.
Early in 2015, Simpson, a Ferrisburgh resident who turns 21 on July 13, decided to put those skills to use in another combat sport — mixed martial arts, or MMA.
His success at the amateur MMA level, fighting around Vermont and upstate New York, has been equally dramatic.
Last week was tough on America. In the footsteps of the country’s celebratory summer holiday, the nation was faced — once again — with unthinkable gun violence.
MIDDLEBURY — In his second year as a student at Middlebury College, Tommy Hyde took a film class that required students to spend a month with a local who was doing something “interesting.” Hyde found Doug Butler, full-time dairy farmer and dog sled racer.
Upon meeting Butler, Hyde was sure he had discovered true, old-school Vermont.
“Soon I found myself on the back of a sled ripping around trails behind this long-haired, wide-eyed, crazy, kooky old Vermonter,” he said.
MIDDLEBURY — Many of those who visit the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) Community Services Center on Boardman Street in Middlebury are looking for help in paying utility, heating, rent and medication bills. Others line up for free food and leads on jobs and affordable housing.
But an increasing number of folks are making a beeline to the HOPE headquarters in search of something else: Bargains, on a variety of items ranging from shoes to jewelry.
Explosive Fuel and Unsafe Railroad Tracks
We are all expecting a successful outcome and good service from the new railroad tunnels through downtown Middlebury next year. Also, there is talk of new railroad tracks from Rutland to Burlington to accommodate Amtrak. This is all well and good, but the system — federal, state and private — has consistently looked the other way concerning the condition of the existing railroad tracks.
BRISTOL — An effort of more than a decade paid off over the weekend of July 2 and 3, when members of the Bristol Fire Department began moving trucks, equipment and files into their new, roughly 11,000-square-foot West Street fire station.
Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose said the station, budgeted at $3.19 million — including 9 acres of land, most of which will be sold — is fully operational, if not yet fully organized.
We urge our Middlebury neighbors to nominate Jill Charbonneau and Amy Sheldon in the Democratic primary for our two Vermont House seats.