June 14th, 2012
VERGENNES — Last Friday, 111 Vergennes Union High School seniors marched to the podium to accept their diplomas in front of an audience packed full of family and friends.
Over the course of the ceremony, the seniors received plenty of advice and encouragement to guide them along their postgraduate paths.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday sent 143 freshly minted graduates into the world with good wishes wrapped in prose, song and the letter “P.”
“Prepare yourself for a panoramic, pragmatic, participatory promenade through powerful, profound prose that may seem pedantic, and please refrain from propelling projectiles until the pronounced peroration point prevails,” graduation speaker Scott Beckwith, an MAUHS social studies teacher, urged the seniors in an alliterative tongue twister.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will delay major reconstruction of South Street in wake of much higher-than-anticipated bids for the work, though the selectboard is reviewing some traffic calming measures that could be installed on the busy road in the meantime.
South Street and Green Mountain Place had been in line for a major overhaul, in large part to allow for replacement of water and sewer infrastructure. The surface of South Street has also fallen into disrepair over the years.
MIDDLEBURY — To many it might seem daunting to head straight from classes at Middlebury College to designing a business model and outreach campaign for an established business, but Allen Hoffman doesn’t think so.
For eight weeks this summer, Hoffman is working with the owners of Café Alta Gracia — a nonprofit, fair-trade coffee company — to create a new business plan for the firm, which buys and processes coffee beans from the Dominican Republic.
BRISTOL — The oldest town building in Bristol, Howden Hall, is about to get what officials say are some much-needed upgrades.
With roughly $75,000 in the town’s Howden Hall Capital Reserve Fund, the Howden Hall Committee — with the selectboard’s approval — is moving ahead with electrical upgrades, moisture reduction measures, weatherization improvements and possibly some wheel-chair accessibility measures.
At a meeting last week, the Bristol selectboard hired project manager Ed Hanson at a rate of $50 an hour to oversee the process.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen and planners on Tuesday agreed on a series of tweaks to proposed zoning regulations and said they hope to schedule a public hearing on the new rules by mid-July.
Most of the changes agreed upon at a council meeting attended by six members of the planning commission derived from testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing on the proposed laws:
• Multi-family homes will be allowed in the Otter Creek Basin District, as suggested by a property owner.
VERGENNES — In addition to discussing new zoning at a Tuesday meeting, the Vergennes City Council also took care of a number of other issues. At the June 12 meeting, aldermen:
• Said they would not take up the issue of a new policy for displays on the city green — notably including the longstanding Christian crèche — until July. Before then, the latest draft of a policy will circulate to council members and then be posted at vergennes.org.
FERRISBURGH — While the Ferrisburgh selectboard on June 5 considered how to put in place a complex residential energy-efficiency program narrowly backed in March by town residents, the town’s energy committee chairman said a few homeowners are already interested in signing on.
At town meeting, residents voted, 50-49, that Ferrisburgh should become a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district.