May 2nd, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — Late last week, county residents living near streams, rivers and lakes watched with bated breath as water levels climbed in some spots to record-breaking heights.
On Thursday, levels in Lake Champlain topped out at 102.36 feet above sea level, then began to slowly decline. Following more rain in the area late that night, water levels hit 102.64 on Friday. Those levels were far above the flood stage of 100 feet, and they exceeded the previous record lake height of 102.1 feet, set in 1869.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, one of the creators of an important report on Vermont agriculture stopped by Middlebury to highlight the pivotal role Addison County plays in the local food economy and to encourage those involved in local food production to keep at it.
“You guys rock. We all rock,” said Ellen Kahler to the approximately 40 county residents, food producers and college students who gathered at Middlebury College for her presentation on the statewide Farm to Plate Strategic Plan.
MIDDLEBURY — Imagine a computer game where the user plays a waiter in a café, responsible for keeping the customers happy with quick service and small talk.
Now imagine that the game is conducted in another language, and that it is part of a foreign language curriculum.
SALISBURY — The date was April 2, 1865, and Salisbury’s Lester Hack was a long way from home, in a whole world of hurt.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission will discuss Section 12 — pertaining to “Land Use” — of the rapidly evolving update to the town plan at its Tuesday, May 3, meeting, which will be held in Holley Hall at 7 p.m. Section 12 is the most heavily scrutinized section of the town plan and it will set the visionary guidelines for future gravel extraction in Bristol.
Section 12 spans pages 62-71 of the 120-page draft town plan update, which can be found at www.bristolvt.net.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union board and teachers have agreed in principal on a new, four-year contract, the terms of which will be made public after ratification by all the school boards in the school district.
The new contract retroactively covers the past two years and the next two. For the first time ever, this single contract will cover all of the elementary and secondary school teachers in the seven-town ACSU.
VERGENNES — Expenses for operating the Vergennes recycling center are dropping and costs will be lower for not only the city, but for surrounding towns as well, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their April 26 meeting.
Hawley said Casella Inc. has dropped fees for accepting recycled material, allowing him in turn to lower charges at the West Street recycling center. Aldermen approved the lower rates at the meeting.
BRISTOL — At an April 25 meeting, the Bristol selectboard moved ahead with a Bristol Conservation Commission plan to build a handicap accessible fishing platform at Eagle Park, located upstream from the New Haven River’s Bartlett Falls off Lincoln Road.