April 28th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — When Jennifer Wagner auditioned for a role in “The King and I” with the Middlebury Community Players, she never expected to find that the musical about a British woman in 19th century Siam had local historical connections.
But a chance trip to Manchester earlier in April brought the play, which on Thursday begins a two-week run at Town Hall Theater, a little closer to home. In Manchester, she stumbled upon the tombstones of Shoreham natives Asa and Lucia Hemenway, who served as missionaries to Siam (now Thailand) between 1839 and 1850.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — As thousands of people pitch in to clear trash off of Vermont roadsides on Saturday, May 7, they will be observing a Green Up Day tradition established by Gov. Deane Davis in 1970.
After members of each community package litter into Green Up bags for pick-up along newly clean roadsides, towns across the county will observe the 31st annual spring-cleaning event with cookouts, community dinners and raffles.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday took another step toward a new police station, and heard for the first time a suggestion on how to pay for it without raising taxes.
Aldermen unanimously voted to ask City Manager Mel Hawley to study building a new station on city-owned land off Green Street, and they heard Hawley cite the Tower Fund as a way to pay for it.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police and managers of several local affordable housing developments are joining forces to fight what they say has been a recent surge in illegal drug activity.
Middlebury officials specifically identified John Graham Court as a neighborhood in which some residents — particularly young families — have been complaining about drug transactions.
MIDDLEBURY — Train enthusiasts from throughout New England will chug into Middlebury this weekend to celebrate the rich history of one of Vermont’s most prominent railroad systems.
The draw is the 25th annual convention of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society (RRHS), which takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Middlebury Inn.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday heard Vermont Gas Systems officials tout the potential benefits to city residents and businesses of a natural gas pipeline that the company hopes by 2015 to extend from Chittenden County to Addison County.
The preliminary path along Route 7 would allow Vermont Gas to serve the densely populated areas of Vergennes, said company President and CEO Don Gilbert.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury College solar decathlon team are kicking their project into high gear as they edge within the five-month mark of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.
MIDDLEBURY — Between September 2010 and the end of March, the Middlebury College campus fell victim to nearly $70,000 worth of damage to its dormitories, leaving administrators scratching their heads.
With another month and a half to go in the school year, the current price tag for repairing that damage sets the college on track for an increase in overall dormitory damage. This will be the third year in a row Middlebury College has seen a rise in that expense.