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By the way for August 9

Attention people who drive through Middlebury: The temporary rail bridge on Main Street needs to be repaved, and that will mean closing both lanes of the span for portions of Thursday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 11. Jim Gish, Middlebury’s community liaison for the $72 million rail bridges replacement project, noted the temporary Main Street span is around a year old and its pavement is deteriorating due to a combination of hot summer weather and heavy traffic. So on Thursday, workers are slated to close both lanes starting at 7 a.m. in order to safely strip the pavement from the deck of the bridge. That work should last about two hours and affect morning commuter traffic. Then on Saturday, workers will again close both lanes of the bridge starting at around 6 a.m. to repave the bridge deck. They expect to reopen it by 10 a.m., according to Gish. He added there are no plans to repave the temporary Merchants Row bridge.
 
Town Hall Theater officials are putting out the call for volunteer ushers to assist patrons at the wide assortment of plays, concerts and films staged at the venue. Need is particularly acute given the upcoming Middlebury New Film Festival. Ushering requires only the interest in being involved and enjoying meeting new people. Volunteering as an usher has its benefits, as you get to see the show at no cost. If you would like to volunteer to usher, contact the Town Hall Theater Box Office at 382-9222 Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or email [email protected].
 
Bristol residents have another opportunity to scope out a new walking trail in their community. On Saturday, Aug. 11, enthusiasts will be led on a  tour of the “Coffin Trail” segment of the overall Bristol Trail Network. The Coffin Trail segment is about three-tenths of a mile long and loops through the old Bristol Manufacturing Co. site (the old coffin factory). The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. and participants will learn about the history of this unique site, once home to a thriving industry. Participants are asked to meet at the small pull-off at the foot of the hill on South Street, just north of the South St. Bridge. The walk should take approximately a half hour.
 
Middlebury Village residents are still spotting bears in their midst. The latest sighting, early this week, was reported by folks in the Chipman Hill area. One witness said he saw a mother bear up in a tree, with her cubs spotted on a nearby trail. Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials are stressing residents should not feed the bears so that they’re encouraged to go deep into the surrounding forest, where they normally reside this time of year. This also means temporarily taking down bird feeders, which bears love to raid.
 
The Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will host a Pie and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 1-4 p.m. to benefit its education programs. The popular annual event will feature home-baked pies of every fresh fruit flavor imaginable, along with ice cream, Wilcox said. Other attractions include live jazz standards performed by the group “Abby’s Agenda,” and lawn games like horseshoes, badminton, bocce and croquet. Meanwhile, the museum continues to offer an exhibit titled “The Fabric of Emancipation: The Lens of American History through Contemporary Fiber Arts,” which features the work of eight of the country’s preeminent fiber, textile and needle artists expressing what it means to be of African descent in the Americas. The exhibit will run through October 28.
 
Get ready for “Monkton Community Day,” to be hosted by the Monkton Boy Scouts at Morse Park from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. The event will include a potluck dinner (with burgers and hot dogs by the Scouts) at 6 p.m., music in the evening and a big truck/tractor day to bring everyone out. The Scouts will have rocket kits to build and launch, along with other fun activities. This event is open to the entire community.

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