July 2nd, 2014
This Fourth of July, as we the people gather together in remembrance, let’s ask ourselves this simple question: How well are my individual interests, and our collective interests, being represented today by our Washington politicians?
The June 26 edition of the Addison Independent featured a story on proposed changes to the Middlebury Town Plan by the Middlebury Planning Commission. The report claimed that the changes were necessary to “clarify language that might have been ambiguous.” Not that they were ambiguous, but might be.
"If you value your life, don't do hockey," they said.
I heard that advice from multiple parents after our family moved to Vermont. Never mind that our daughters were still too young to participate in organized sports, or that they'd never once displayed the slightest interest in or aptitude for hockey; the advice came unsolicited: "Hi, I'm Susie. Don't let your kids play hockey!"
MIDDLEBURY — Those living near the Middlebury State Airport have grown accustomed to the occasional buzz of small planes taking off and landing at the 2,500-foot runway off Airport Road.
Neighbors will soon notice some silent landings, and we’re not talking about aircraft with engine trouble.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Soap will soon relocate from its fire-damaged home at 606 Exchange St. to a new, more spacious headquarters at 183 Industrial Avenue.
“We are going into double the space and will be able to expand production,” Vermont Soap founder and CEO Larry Plesant said on Monday as he and others cleared the last of the debris and company assets out of the 606 Exchange St. location.
NEW HAVEN — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) this past Thursday honored its 2014 Citizen and Business of the Year at its annual meeting at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven. Close to 50 people attended the event, which serves as part board meeting and part celebration of achievements in the community.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School officials wanted to be sure families knew about the new summer lunch program that started June 23. Through the Middlebury Nourishes Program, everyone ages 2 through 18 is invited to come have lunch for free at the Middlebury Recreation Park between noon and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
FERRISBURGH — After several years with minimal dining options, North Ferrisburgh now has a restaurant where one can get a homemade breakfast sandwich, a cold draft beer and everything in between.
The Village Café and Tavern on Route 7 opened this April, boasting a full bar with 10 draft lines, drive-through Green Mountain Coffee and breakfast options, and dine-in lunches and dinners. It is owned and operated by Dianne and Marcel Marcotte and their son Travis Marcotte, all of North Ferrisburgh.