July 19th, 2012
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a revised set of zoning regulations that reflect the newly created Historic Neighborhood and Northern Gateway districts, and also endorsed the first rewrite of the city’s subdivision laws since the 1970s.
It was in 2009, after approval of the updated city plan, that officials began revising the related zoning and subdivision regulations.
BRISTOL — After almost a decade of helping shape a proposed town plan, the Bristol Planning Commission may have considered the document for the last time on Tuesday.
At its monthly meeting, the planning commission unanimously OK’d the 42 revisions proposed by the selectboard.
BRISTOL — For roughly half a decade, a local nonprofit has sought to set up the Addison County Dental Center, a dental facility for low- to moderate-income citizens. Now, with Bristol health facilities shifting spaces and one clinic applying for special federal status, chair of the center’s board, Peg Martin, thinks the nonprofit’s stars might finally align in Bristol.
WEYBRIDGE –– Michael Claudon managed to combine three of his passions –– antique clocks, economics and wooden boats –– into one successful business venture.
Claudon started Snake Mountain Boatworks in 2008, opening it for customers in 2011. Before that, he worked with antique clocks and taught economics at Middlebury College. He explained that the jump from restoring clocks to wooden boats is not as farfetched as it seems.
In a fascinating piece this Monday, New York Times columnist David Brooks portrays the presidential race as a battle of defining capitalism in the positive terms represented by Mitt Romney, or those terms cast in the negative by President Obama.
As with all columns that attempt to capture the complexities of a presidential race in a few hundred words, the argument is full of holes, but the premise has considerable merit and Brooks draws several thoughtful insights.
I recently realized that I don’t appreciate the smell of freshly spread manure enough.
I didn’t suddenly decide that I love the odor, but I have discovered the scent a reminder of home and of the beautiful landscape around me, a landscape that I have not appreciated fully until recently.
I attend college outside of Boston, which is a considerable change in scenery from what I see here in Addison County. Down there I don’t have the same views of rolling mountains and green pastures and the smell of manure is nowhere to be found.
ADDISON COUNTY/HONG KONG — When the crew at Dragonheart Vermont arrived in Hong Kong for the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships, the team of breast cancer survivors was overwhelmed.
Under a sky filled with ultra modern skyscrapers, the grueling water conditions were unlike anything the team had ever encountered. Adding to the team’s apprehension, a typhoon slammed the southern Chinese territory the weekend before the races.
The Vermont Air National Guard facility at the Burlington International Airport is one of six locations being considered by Air Force officials in Washington as bases for the new F-35 fighter jet, which is planned to become operational in 2015. Burlington and Hill Air Force Base in Utah are the Pentagon’s two preferred locations for the F-35.