September 12th, 2011
VERMONT — As heavy rains and high winds from Tropical Storm Irene roared through Vermont on Aug. 28, local emergency teams, news outlets and state disaster management officials sought to keep up with incident after incident happening across the state.
But as roads washed out, power went down and travel throughout the state became increasingly difficult, Internet technology and social media stepped into the spotlight.
PANTON — A small group of Panton residents last week rejected a plan to borrow $40,000 to repair the cupola that sits atop Panton Town Hall, but town selectmen may not yet be ready to order its removal.
Panton officials have in recent years discussed renovations to Town Hall that would include bathrooms and a kitchen that could transform the building into a community and visitors’ center.
But first they must deal with the structure’s leaky roof, and that means solving the problem of the deteriorating cupola.
BRISTOL — An Addison County man who originally offered police information on a break-in at a Bristol convenience store eventually was implicated in the crime when police found images of a suspect who looked remarkably like the man on a store surveillance video.
On Aug. 26, at a hair past midnight, Bristol Police Officer Randy Crowe responded to the alarm at the Champlain Farms convenience store on West Street in Bristol. Crowe found the new glass door — installed two days earlier — smashed.
MIDDLEBURY — Bakery Lane will be closed at its northern entrance (fronting Main Street) for up to a month beginning Monday, Sept. 12, to accommodate repairs to the brick façade of the Dyer Block, Middlebury officials confirmed on Friday.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Chamber of Commerce honored businesses, organizations and individuals at its annual meeting and awards ceremony on this past Thursday at the Middlebury Inn.
More than 100 local professionals were in attendance to watch the chamber grant four main awards: the Business Education Partnership Award, the Business of the Year Award, the Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award, and the Community Achievement Award.
BRISTOL — It is unfortunately not unusual to encounter dead critters along the rural roads of Vermont. Skunks, raccoons, squirrels porcupines seem to be the primary victims, with the occasional deer mixed in.
But nothing could have prepared Bristol resident Carl and Caroline Engvall for the sight they witnessed in their Cold Spring Road yard last Thursday: A dead armadillo.
When heavy floodwaters came tearing through the mountain village of Lincoln on Sunday, Aug. 28, a group of 20 community members rescued their local elementary school garden — one of Lincoln Community School's central pillars.
Together they harvested the garden, moved the school's shed and salvaged what they could. The following week, a team of second, fifth and sixth-graders began to rebuild the beds and reflect on the recent flooding.
It is an unusual nursery school conversation. A teacher and I kneel down to where my son Charles holds his latest rendering of our family in his four-year-old fists. Four figures, one very tall (John), two medium sized (Charles and me), and one exceptionally small (the little brother), stand in front of a tall house with four windows and a front door.