By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) will pave Middlebury’s Main Street next year at night — while taking Friday and Saturday evenings off — in deference to downtown merchants and restaurant owners who feared the project could cripple their businesses.
Mark Woolaver, the AOT’s paving project manager, confirmed the scheduling adjustments last week after a meeting with Middlebury town officials and business leaders. Locals had feared tremendous economic and traffic repercussions from the downtown Middlebury leg of next year’s scheduled repaving of parts of Routes 7, 30 and 125.
The $2.5 million project will require lane closings and traffic diversions that merchants feared would steer shoppers away from local businesses.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON – A $250,000 grant given to the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, the Bixby Free Memorial Library in Vergennes, Vermont Public Television and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation will fund a major archaeological effort along Lake Champlain, an hour-long documentary, new exhibits for the Bixby and Chimney Point, and a program that local teachers can take into their classrooms.
The grant will fund an in-depth exploration of Champlain Valley history in the 17th and 18th centuries as part of a regional effort to celebrate the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s visit in 1609 to the lake that now bears his name. He was the first European to visit Lake Champlain.