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May 29th, 2014
VERGENNES — About five dozen state and local officials and local residents met in the Bixby Library on May 21 to begin the third and most important phase in the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) Community Visit to Vergennes — taking steps to make the city better.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has for the past several months listened to corporate presentations and public feedback about Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
On Tuesday, individual board members for the first time opened up on how they feel about the controversial, $70 million “Phase II” project.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard last week appointed a committee to talk to landowner Clark Hinsdale III about the possible purchase of a 2.2-acre lot he owns behind Ferrisburgh’s town office building.
Hinsdale, a Charlotte resident who told the board earlier this month he plans to move to Ferrisburgh, where his family has roots, has offered the land to the town for $40,000. The parcel also abuts Ferrisburgh Central School and United Methodist Church property.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont is getting warmer. And wetter. And without significant global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, that trend will continue, according to a comprehensive report on climate change released by the White House this month.
ADDISON COUNTY — A two-car crash on Route 7 a week ago Wednesday afternoon resulted in the highway being closed for a time.
BRIDPORT — A severe thunderstorm tore through the heart of Addison County Tuesday afternoon, dumping rain and hail, as well as strong wind gusts that may have been a tornado.
The sky to the west, over Lake Champlain, darkened throughout the humid afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Addison and Rutland counties around 4 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police recovered a car on May 24 that had been reported stolen earlier that day in New Haven. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which had no rear license plate, on Court Street. The vehicle accelerated and turned onto Washington Street, stopping in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot. The driver and occupants fled from the vehicle, according to police.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
Think you don’t like opera? The Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers” (L’Italiana in Algeri), opening Friday, May 30, at Town Hall Theater, will change your mind. Rossini’s first smash hit has been strategically relocated from North Africa to the American Midwest. From overture to finale, it is designed to recapture an artistic moment two centuries ago when comic opera was popular entertainment, not a high culture sacrament.