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July 14th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Coffee and theater enthusiasts can now blend their two passions at a single address — 1197 Exchange St., where Vermont Coffee Co. (VCC) has just opened its new playhouse.
The new playhouse is the brainchild of longtime local thespian Deb Gwinn and her husband, VCC founder and CEO Paul Ralston.
Members of Addison County’s thriving arts community are already familiar with the investments that Ralston and Gwinn have made in the local theater scene.
BRANDON — The gentle sounds of recorded guitar and banjo music drifted over the field of pop-up campers and RVs at the top of Basin Road in Brandon this past Thursday afternoon. The annual Basin Bluegrass Festival was kicking off that night, and a steady influx of campers had been arriving at the gate all morning for the four-day event.
BRANDON — There was a recurring item in the Brandon Police Log this spring.
“Mental Health Issue, Triangle Court. Subject transported by Brandon Area Rescue to Rutland Regional Medical Center.”
Brandon police and BARS were often called to the same residence on Triangle Court off McConnell Road two or three times a week.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs on Tuesday swamped St. Albans, 301-156, at the Vergennes city pool for their second victory in three Champlain Valley Swim League outings.
Allison Croke led Vergennes by sweeping all four 12-and-under girls’ races.
Three Champ boys won three races each: U-10 swimmer Ethan Croke, U-12 swimmer Carson Hoffman and U-14 swimmer Nathan Viera.
MIDDLEBURY — After 13 years as chief financial officer and head of operations at Middlebury College, Patrick Norton has accepted the position of chief operating officer at Tulane University in New Orleans. Norton has been an active member of both the Middlebury College and town communities, serving as a long-time member of the Porter Medical Center board.
Laurie L. Patton, president of Middlebury College, announced Norton’s departure in late May to college faculty and staff, thanking him for his contributions over the years.
CHARLOTTE — As work now is starting in earnest this week to pave Route 7 between Middlebury and New Haven Junction, another Route 7 project is also beginning that will have an impact on those who head north to Chittenden County from Addison County.
This week, contractors were starting to lay the groundwork for a rebuild of a roughly three-mile stretch of Route 7 that runs from the Ferrisburgh-Charlotte town line northward. Some traffic delays are expected, although as part of the project two-lane detours are planned.
BRANDON — A Rutland Superior Court judge has ordered Brandon dairy farmers William and Robin Hanfield to fix an overflowing manure pit and pay a $24,750 fine for violating Vermont’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.
PITTSFORD — The email was simple enough — “Patrick Daly of Pittsford will be competing in the USA Sport Climbing National Competition in Atlanta, Ga., on July 14-18.”
And then there was the photo.
Patrick Daly is nine years old. And he’s been climbing for six years.
“His older brother Michael climbed competitively for six years,” explained Patrick’s mother, Margaret, in a phone interview Saturday. “I just took Patrick along to the climbing center and he started climbing, too.”