July 20th, 2009
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Scenery Preservation Council (VSPC) has recommended that key stretches of roads in four Addison County communities be included in the Lake Champlain Byway network, a designation that could bring more tourists and new federal aid for physical improvements to those areas.
The VSPC has specifically recommended that Route 7 in Ferrisburgh; Route 30 in Middlebury; Route 30 in Cornwall; and Route 73 and Mt. Independence Road in Orwell all be given a “Byway” designation, which carries national recognition.
RIPTON — The town of Ripton will soon welcome a new face to its selectboard for the first time in almost a quarter-century.
The unusual vacancy is being created by Selectman Bill Ford’s resignation, which takes effect on Sept. 1. That date that will usher in a new era in Ripton municipal government, but also mark the demise of a longstanding triumvirate, the members of which have served together as the town’s legislative body since 1986. Ford, Laurie Cox and Ron Wimett all joined the Ripton selectboard at the same time.
BRISTOL — A father-daughter sock hop? No thanks, say one Bristol dad and his daughter.
Tim and Molly Eaton, 50 and 18, respectively, prefer to do their bonding at 230 miles an hour, 8,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.
That’s how the two experienced a day in the life of a fighter pilot, through a program called Air Combat U.S.A. The program let the pair — both flight enthusiasts — pilot SIAI Marchetti SF-260 jets through air combat maneuvers with the assistance of trained fighter pilots.
NEW HAVEN — Naomi Wimberley-Hartman and her four-legged dance partner had never performed together before. Nevertheless, the pair spring through serpentines and circles in intricate movements, each footfall perfectly in sync with one another.
It is only the second day of rehearsal, but the dancers — one human and one a horse — move like professionals.
And they should. The two are members of the New Haven-based Equine Dance Company, which for several years has put on shows combining human and equine dancing.
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In the late 1950s, Essex Fells, N.J. was a typical white-collar town. A number of professionals, mostly stockbrokers and attorneys, rode the train to Manhattan each morning for work.
Tony Fraioli was not one of these men.
In the basement of his New Jersey home was a laboratory stacked with shelves holding glass jars of chemicals and solutions and a sink for developing photographs. Here, Tony worked on a long-life lithium battery that would run one of the first electric cars and cause a minor explosion that could be heard by his family upstairs at the dinner table.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Agri-Mark/Cabot officials told Middlebury selectmen on Tuesday they will consider installing additional water recycling equipment at their Exchange Street cheese plant if the town increases its current water rate of $2.85 per 1,000 gallons used.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — In a year when dismal federal milk prices have slammed Vermont’s dairy industry, unmooring the cornerstone of Vermont’s agricultural industry, some state legislators might be hard pressed to sound a note of optimism about the future of agriculture in Vermont.
Not Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven. Ask Bray, and he’ll tell you the silver lining to the doom and gloom agriculture forecast boils down to two words: economic development.
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