February 3rd, 2014
VERGENNES — Barring any last-minute setbacks, the Vergennes Police Department should be able to start moving into its new $1.75 million North Main Street headquarters by the end of February, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week.
On Wednesday, Hawley said construction has remained on schedule, and he is at least cautiously optimistic about a completion date during the month’s final week.
MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, has co-authored legislation he believes will inject new vitality into Vermont’s business sector without spending a lot of new money.
It’s known as H.736 — dubbed “Unlocking Vermont’s Economic Potential” bill — aimed at protecting and growing Vermont’s current industries, while encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurs and innovators in new technology and knowledge-based businesses, according to Ralston.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After years of wrangling, delays and setbacks, Congress appears to be on the precipice of completing a new farm bill, which Addison County dairy farmers say will protect their thin profit margins.
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has designated the former Vergennes rail station, which now sits at the VTrans commuter lot at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh, as a future stop for Amtrak commuter trains, according to Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes.
Lanpher late last week emphasized Amtrak service in northwestern Vermont, long a goal of state transportation officials, remains several years away, but added, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am” about the possibility.
RIPTON — Twenty-one North Branch School students, two teachers, and one NBS alum plunged into a Ripton Pond in the first annual North Branch School Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 25.
As part of their winter ecology studies, students researched water temperatures of local ponds and learned about hypothermia and the body’s reaction to extreme temperatures. Students have been studying how animals survive the winter so the plunge provided a vivid learning experience.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a pivotal win on Friday, knocking off visiting Stowe, the first-place team in Division II, 3-2.
The victory over the 11-3-1 Raiders pushed the Tigers to 9-4, improved their winning streak to seven games, and coupled with their 4-2 comeback win at Milton (9-6-1) on Wednesday, bumped them up to fifth place in D-II, with at least a game in hand over the second-, third- and fourth-place teams.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School basketball team started and finished strong on Saturday, and that proved to be enough to earn a 67-47 victory over visiting Milton that lifted the Tigers to 7-6.
The Tigers went on a 28-4 run that spanned the first and second periods that stretched a one-point lead into a 38-13 bulge.
They still led by 25 until getting careless in the final 20 seconds of the half, when they allowed Milton’s Eric Menard to hit two treys to cut the lead to 19 at the break, 43-24.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team picked up a pair of wins last week, which, coupled with a loss by Burr & Burton, moved the Tigers into first place in Division II with a 12-3 record.
On Wednesday, the Tigers downed host Hartford, 6-1, as senior Timi Carone poured in four goals and set up one of sister Angela Carone’s two strikes. Angela Carone also picked up an assist, and goalie Baily Ryan stopped 15 shots. The Tigers outshot the 5-7 Hurricanes by 39-16.