April 18th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — After 16 years of lighting up local stages, Middlebury’s After Dark Music series has itself gone dark.
Series founders and coordinators Harvey and Carol Green explained that while they have enjoyed bringing numerous high-caliber folk, blues, jazz and other acts to Addison County’s shire town over the years, they are ready to retire from the physical strain and financial challenge of organizing a half-dozen shows each year.
MIDDLEBURY — A smattering of Middlebury voters at an April 13 meeting approved a 2011-2012 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of almost $5.9 million.
The annual budget meeting drew around nine residents who were not members of either the ID-4 school board or school administration.
MIDDLEBURY — Two local Christian denominations that normally worship separately will come together in a shared religious service this Thursday.
For the 10th year, members of the Middlebury United Methodist Church and members of the Congregational Church of Middlebury will gather together at the Methodist church sanctuary off Seminary Street for a combined Maundy Thursday service.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 12 meeting approved the city’s farmers’ market request to use the downtown green for another season, but not without some discussion triggered by the proposed inclusion of a pizza maker among the market’s vendors.
City Manager Mel Hawley first raised the issue that such a vendor might conflict with existing downtown eateries.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 12 meeting said they would like to retain the better of two building sites on a city-owned 8.13-acre parcel off New Haven Road as a possible future home for a new police station.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes has also been interested in the parcel, which was owned by the Vergennes ID school district and deeded to the city in 2010 when the ID board was dissolved per a citywide vote.
GOSHEN — On Thursday evening, Goshen residents will meet with representatives of FairPoint Communications to address bringing broadband Internet access to the tiny mountain town.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Goshen Town Hall.
While former Gov. Jim Douglas made high-speed Internet access a priority of his administration, with the goal of covering the entire state by the year 2010, the only current option for Goshen residents is to connect to the Internet via dial-up service.
NEW HAVEN — The crowd that packed the space at the Lincoln Peak Vineyard building in New Haven last Thursday night, sipping on wine and nibbling local appetizers, could have been attending a party.
But the event that drew nearly 100 people, including a number of prominent figures in county farming and agriculture, was the annual meeting of the Addison County Relocalization Network, known locally as ACORN.
VERGENNES — Despite a winter that challenged the Vergennes Public Works Department and increased demand for the services of the Vergennes Police Department, the city’s budget appears to be on track as the June 30 end of the fiscal year approaches.
City Manager Mel Hawley said in an interview last Thursday that a combination of belt-tightening and better-than-expected revenue streams put the city’s finances in a better position than he had hoped even a few short weeks before.