June 6th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — For farmers across the state, the wettest spring on record is causing setbacks and difficulties. And while the past week brought some drier weather, the heavy clay soils in Addison County continue to do what they do best: hold water.
“Addison County is having one of the hardest times in the state,” said Heather Darby of the University of Vermont Extension.
Loren Wood of Woodnotch Farm in Shoreham said the window for planting corn is closing quickly.
MIDDLEBURY — The Death Race, a multi-day physical and mental challenge created five years ago by Middlebury resident Andy Weinberg, is designed to be the final word in extreme racing. Competitors are told when to show up but not given any specifics on the unique mix of grueling challenges scattered across the mountainous and forested terrain they will face.
BRISTOL — Some Bristol businesses struggled through the heavy winter as a couple empty storefronts on Main Street reflect.
Five Main Street businesses closed this year and two operations moved — Bristol Physical Therapy set up shop on North Street and the Pathways program of the Mount Abraham Union High School, which had a Main Street storefront, moved back into the school — leaving a total of seven vacancies on Bristol’s main drag.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College and town officials are working on plans to create a legal entity able to field development offers for a 1.5-acre piece of property behind the Ilsley Library in downtown Middlebury.
The land in question is jointly owned by the town and college and has been identified as a logical spot for a mixed-use project that could draw more businesses and shoppers to the downtown area. A special committee was formed last year to oversee planning for the so-called Economic Development Initiative, also known as EDI.
MIDDLEBURY — A mother-daughter team is proposing to open a new child care center at 111 Court St. that could accommodate up to 45 children and employ up to 10 care-givers.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents will have several opportunities to mark their town’s 250th birthday this summer, through such activities as an essay writing contest, a historical scavenger hunt and a parade.
The festivities kick off this Wednesday when he Salisbury Conservation Commission “An Historical Perspective on Land Use and Wildlife in Salisbury” at the Salisbury Community School at 7 p.m.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School baseball team hit well and took advantage of early Middlebury defensive lapses in a Friday Division II quarterfinal, and VUHS earned a surprisingly one-sided 16-4 win.
Every player in the VUHS starting lineup reached base, and all but one scored.
“We haven’t been hitting the ball that well,” said VUHS coach George Ringer. “Today we actually started to hit the baseball.”
Last week’s news that Fortis Inc., a Canadian power company, has proposed to buy Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) is mostly good news for CVPS customers as well as shareholders.