May 21st, 2015
BRISTOL — A new firehouse for the Bristol Fire Department will cost an estimated $2,840,067, according to plans presented Tuesday evening to the Fire Facility Committee.
Brandon general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders prepared the estimate on behalf of Kevin Harper, who owns the property on which town officials hope the firehouse can be built — a 2.7-acre plot across West Street from the Bristol Recreation Club.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board has decided to meet this Saturday morning to make final a new budget proposal to present to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on June 9.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the VUHS library.
The board on May 11 originally planned on gathering on May 28 to adopt a spending plan for the 2015-2016 school year, but Superintendent JoAn Canning said on Monday that board members in deciding to move the meeting date wanted more time to present a new budget to residents.
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Strike up the band, get out your flags and raise a salute for the men and women who served the United States in the military and gave their lives doing so.
This weekend will see Memorial Day parades in six area town.
These festivities serve multiple purposes — they mark the traditional beginning of the summer, set a patriotic mood in the community, and set aside a time where we can remember those who fought and died for his nation.
BRANDON — Every year on the last Monday in May, a group of first-grade girls in white dresses clutch bunches of fresh lilacs in their small hands. They walk single file up Center Street from the Brandon Post Office, smiling and waving to their families and friends. They follow the American Legion Color Guard and the Otter Valley and Neshobe School marching bands, and are joined by the Pittsford and Brandon fire department engines. The small parade with a purpose makes its way to the gazebo in Central Park.
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the first-ever Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) have signed up a major new sponsor and have thus far received almost 200 film submissions for a four-day event that’s expected to attract upwards of 1,000 people to Addison County’s shire town for four days this August.
The new sponsor is Vermont Teddy Bear Co., which will, among other things, be providing custom-made VTeddy Award statuettes that will be presented to the winning filmmakers before the curtain comes down on the MNFF on Aug. 30.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 80 area residents turned out at the Middlebury State Airport on Tuesday evening to learn more about a proposed runway renovation/expansion project and voice their concerns about the possibility that those upgrades — and others laid out in a state airports master plan — could bring larger planes, heavier air traffic, more noise and possibly lighting to what is now a modest airfield surrounded by a residential area.
This week’s writer is Christopher L. Mason, school resource officer for Middlebury.
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BRISTOL — The guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day observances in Bristol will be Maj. Jacob Roy, the S3 Operations Officer for the 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 86th IBCT (MTN), Vermont Army National Guard.
He will deliver his address on the village green on Monday afternoon at the conclusion of a parade that will leave from Mount Abraham Union High School at 1 p.m. and march down West Street to the green.