September 29th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Sept. 23 confirmed the city still has in hand a $21,000 Department of Buildings and General Services grant for a new toddler playground despite an error in its initial application.
A letter from the department told aldermen that state officials appreciated being updated about the mistake in a survey percentage of how many residents supported the playground, and it asked the city to keep state officials updated on the construction timing and possible move of the playground site.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced the selection of Stephen C. Terry of Middlebury as its 2014 Citizen of the Year. Terry’s contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center.
VERGENNES — In addition to discussing a proposed toddler park, Vergennes aldermen this past Tuesday also:
FERRISBURGH — Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM), which has grown dramatically during 30 years of operation, is entering into a new phase of evolution and growth. Erick Tichonuk has made the decision to step down as executive director, and therefore the board of directors of the museum has launched a national search for a new executive director.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College in June 2015 will welcome participants to the inaugural session of the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, the first conference to highlight the important role that literary translators of poetry and prose play in the United States and beyond.
NEW HAVEN — Drive from Vergennes to Middlebury along Route 7, and you won’t go more than a few miles without seeing a solar array. As towns like New Haven are deluged with proposals for new solar arrays, citizens and town officials are wondering, “What’s in it for us?”
BRANDON — Vermonters are often heard yearning for the past, a simpler time, they say. Now, in an effort to change the course of Brandon’s recent budget voting past, a small band of taxpayers has an intriguing idea: Bring the floor vote back to Brandon Town Meeting.
BRISTOL — After 25 years of restricted mobility and chronic pain, 47-year-old James “Bub” Cole of Bristol stepped on a track last month and ran for the first time in a quarter century. The experience, he said, was unforgettable.
“Imagine wearing glasses and then losing them,” Cole said. “After 25 years, you finally get them back and you can see what you’ve been missing.”