February 3rd, 2014
VERGENNES — The Commodore Booster Club saluted local business owner Brett Ward, owner of the City Limits Night Club in Vergennes, on Tuesday night, Jan. 21, at halftime of the Vergennes/Mount Abraham basketball game in Vergennes. The Boosters recognized Ward for his 13 years of support of the Vergennes Union High School Boosters and athletic programs.
In 2013 City Limits contributed $13,000 to the Commodore Booster Club, and since 2001 the business has contributed over $220,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corp. of Middlebury and Hypertherm Inc. of Hanover, N.H., have announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Hypertherm’s Heater Road facility in Lebanon, N.H., with a LEED Gold designation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and represents the best in class green building practices measuring the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.
VERGENNES — Barring any last-minute setbacks, the Vergennes Police Department should be able to start moving into its new $1.75 million North Main Street headquarters by the end of February, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week.
On Wednesday, Hawley said construction has remained on schedule, and he is at least cautiously optimistic about a completion date during the month’s final week.
MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, has co-authored legislation he believes will inject new vitality into Vermont’s business sector without spending a lot of new money.
It’s known as H.736 — dubbed “Unlocking Vermont’s Economic Potential” bill — aimed at protecting and growing Vermont’s current industries, while encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurs and innovators in new technology and knowledge-based businesses, according to Ralston.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After years of wrangling, delays and setbacks, Congress appears to be on the precipice of completing a new farm bill, which Addison County dairy farmers say will protect their thin profit margins.
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has designated the former Vergennes rail station, which now sits at the VTrans commuter lot at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh, as a future stop for Amtrak commuter trains, according to Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes.
Lanpher late last week emphasized Amtrak service in northwestern Vermont, long a goal of state transportation officials, remains several years away, but added, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am” about the possibility.
RIPTON — Twenty-one North Branch School students, two teachers, and one NBS alum plunged into a Ripton Pond in the first annual North Branch School Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 25.
As part of their winter ecology studies, students researched water temperatures of local ponds and learned about hypothermia and the body’s reaction to extreme temperatures. Students have been studying how animals survive the winter so the plunge provided a vivid learning experience.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a pivotal win on Friday, knocking off visiting Stowe, the first-place team in Division II, 3-2.
The victory over the 11-3-1 Raiders pushed the Tigers to 9-4, improved their winning streak to seven games, and coupled with their 4-2 comeback win at Milton (9-6-1) on Wednesday, bumped them up to fifth place in D-II, with at least a game in hand over the second-, third- and fourth-place teams.