July 12th, 2012
In the heat of July, sustained focus and long, reasoned arguments can be difficult to maintain, especially for the easily distracted.
Wait, was that the hummingbird at the fuchsia again?
Oh, right, anyway, it’s time for a sports snippets column.
• As of late last week, the last two baseball games I saw played were an American Legion Addison County team game and a Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Lowell Spinners contest in Burlington.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team bounced back from its first two losses of the season with wins on Monday and Tuesday and remains in good position for a postseason playoff berth.
On Tuesday, AC knocked off host Burlington, 8-0, and on Monday, AC defeated visiting Essex, 5-1. Those results followed a pair of losses to South Burlington, 8-0 on the road on Saturday and 8-6 at home on July 5.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School board members, administrators, department heads and a dozen local residents on Monday heard details about what could be between a $5.7 million and $7 million project to upgrade the school, notably its auditorium and athletic facilities.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas has hired an engineering firm to further refine its plans to extend natural gas service from Chittenden County into Middlebury and Vergennes and has begun to contact potentially affected property owners along the project route in anticipation of filing its final application with Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) before the end of the year.
VERGENNES –– Two Jupiter-sized planets were recently discovered by a research group led by Waltham native Sam Quinn and his adviser, Russel White.
Quinn, 26, graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a degree in astronomy and astrophysics and is now a PhD candidate at Georgia State University.
VERGENNES — A settlement of a site-contamination case should soon pave the way for the restoration of prominent, but long vacant, buildings next to the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes, according to the structures’ owner.
Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky, the principal in Shenandoah LLC, the company that owns the former Haviland Shade Roller Mill and its nearby Annex, said he now hopes in the months to come to revive plans to put shops, office space and condominiums in the two historic Canal Street properties.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury artist Rachel Baird has always dreamed of running her own gallery in which to exhibit inspiring examples of modern and experimental art.
Her dream will officially come true this Friday, July 13, when ZoneThree Gallery marks its grand opening in Middlebury’s Marble Works district with an exhibit featuring paintings by Whiting-based artist Graziella Weber-Grassi.
MIDDLBURY — The Middlebury selectboard and the Lodge at Otter Creek have settled a property assessment dispute relating to the retirement community’s land and buildings off Lodge Road.
The selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to accept a settlement offer from the Lodge that its property be assessed by the town at $17 million, according to Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay.