January 12th, 2017
NEW HAVEN — While today’s customer is a lot likelier to purchase a Kit Kat candy bar than a horse harness, the Village Green Market has been supplying New Haven residents — and acting as an important center for community life — for over 200 years. As the market’s new owners, New Haven native John Roleau and his wife, Margo, will carry on that longstanding tradition.
The Roleaus purchased the store in late December, are carrying out a few renovations and plan to reopen later this month.
BRISTOL — Holiday-time is over, and it’s still weeks until Punxsutawney Phil tells us how many more days of dark, cold winter we have left. Yup, welcome to the winter doldrums, everyone. But before you go getting depressed, put this on your calendar as something to look forward to: The Cabin Fever Series kicks off its 12th season at the WalkOver Gallery in Bristol on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.
MONKTON — Children learn a lot from their peers. On Tuesday at Monkton Central School, those peers were cuddly and made out of foam.
Colorful, kid-size puppets that performed at the school Tuesday helped the Monkton children learn about and express their thoughts on diversity, learning differences, ADHD, and feelings.
ADDISON COUNTY — Candidates for local offices such as selectboard, school board and town moderator face a deadline for submitting petitions to their local town clerks. And those who wish to run for a school board position in the Middlebury area have a higher bar to clear in terms of signatures than in the past.
Those running for any town or school office have until the end of the business day on Monday, Jan. 30, to file their petition papers. Petitioners must gather 5 percent of the checklist, or 30 signatures — whichever is fewer — for a town office.
MIDDLEBURY — Owners of the “Whirlie’s World” indoor recreation center at 1232 Exchange St. in Middlebury will be closing the business this spring, citing financial reasons.
“It’s terrible,” Peter “Nerf” Neff said of the impending demise of Whirlie’s World, which since 2011 has offered interactive video games, laser tag, bounce houses, arcade activities and snacks for kids and families.
“It breaks my heart.”
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard voiced concerns at its most recent meetings over Mount Abe Union High School’s cancellation last November of its security agreement with the Bristol Police Department.
Ending the contract means that local police stopped doing nightly and weekend security checks of the building and cut back the hours MAUHS brings in officers as security for school sports events. The school maintained the arrangement whereby the BPD responds to calls, according to Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday met new Northlands Job Corps Director Shirma Ferguson and learned more about Chugach Alaska Corporation, the company the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected to operate the Macdonough Drive federal job training center for economically disadvantaged youths.
At the meeting, city officials and former Ferrisburgh Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Donnelly, a Vergennes resident, questioned Ferguson about the center’s policy on allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel to leave during their shifts.
MONTPELIER — Former state Rep. Mike Fisher returned to the Vermont Statehouse this month.
The Lincoln Democrat did not go to reclaim an Addison-4 House seat, but as Vermont Legal Aid’s chief health care advocate.
It’s a new job that will see Fisher lead VLA’s Office of the Health Care Advocate, established by the 1998 Legislature to help Vermonters with questions and problems accessing health care services and insurance, and to represent the health care interests of all Vermonters in Montpelier.