SALISBURY — Gerry Gossens has collected his share of hardware and accolades for his service in the state Legislature and on the leadership boards of more than a dozen local and statewide nonprofits.
Now Gossens’ volunteer contributions have been recognized throughout New England. The Salisbury resident this month received the New England Healthcare Assembly’s (NEHA) “Trustee Leadership Award,” conferred annually on a hospital trustee in the Northeast who has made exceptional contributions to the health care industry.
BRISTOL — The current Bristol Town Plan, first adopted in December 2001 and readopted in January 2007, will expire on Jan. 15, 2012, almost two years after a proposed rewrite was turned down by voters in 2010.
The fact that Bristol, a town where land development has been the subject of some controversy in recent years, will be without a town plan in effect has some legal and practical ramifications.
BRISTOL — As the Bristol Planning Commission has ground away at a proposed new town plan — a document considerably larger than the current 12-page version — critics have repeatedly asked the question, “Why not readopt the present plan?”
Regional planners and town officials say the current town plan, first adopted in December 2001 and extended in January 2007, doesn’t conform to some state statutes. It also conflicts with other town plans.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s forgotten dams are mostly small structures tucked away on streams and brooks, once used in small-scale milling operations. Most have been dormant for a century.
Students in the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Senior Seminar analyzed these dams and in a recent presentation led by Catherine Ashcraft and Diane Munroe proposed guidelines for removing or developing the existing infrastructure.
MIDDLEBURY — Basketball teams don’t win too many games in which they fail to score a basket in two of four quarters.
But they can if, like the Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team did on Friday night against visiting Burr & Burton, they also play tough defense and hit enough free throws.
Despite sinking only free throws in the second and fourth quarters and at one point failing to score a basket for more than 13 minutes, MUHS outlasted the Bulldogs, 41-37.
VERGENNES — The first day of class can be daunting for any child.
But integrating into a new school can be even tougher for a child without a home — a phenomenon on the rise throughout the county, state and nation.
The most recent statewide figures show there were 1,042 homeless children and youths enrolled in Vermont public schools during the 2009-2010 academic year. That was up from 838 students in 2006-2007.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny revealed on Tuesday that he will not seek another three-year term on Town Meeting Day. His retirement from the selectboard comes at the end of a more-than-16-year run during which the town approved and built some major capital projects, including a new police station and the Cross Street Bridge.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Fire Department and Bread Loaf Corp. architects have put the last major touches on the design of a renovated and expanded Seymour Street fire station that will be put to the voters at Town Meeting Day in March as part of a $4.8 million bond issue.
The most dramatic design change, influenced by local residents and members of the Middlebury Design Advisory Committee, is the relocation of the new elevator shaft from the building’s exterior to its interior.