BRISTOL — The Watershed Center invites revelers of all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Bristol as the community marks the arrival of 2015 with Best Night, a gathering of friends, neighbors, and the region’s top performing artists.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems’ recent offer of $1.5 million in cash and other incentives to Cornwall if the town dropped its opposition to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project signaled a change in tactics for the company as it tries to complete the three-phase pipeline project.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County now has one Chevrolet dealership.
On Dec. 12, Tom Denecker and partner Mike Capra, owners of Denecker Chevrolet in Ferrisburgh and Vergennes, completed their purchase of Middlebury’s Shea Motors, in a deal brokered by both dealerships’ parent company, General Motors.
Shea Motors owner Jerry Shea had been set to sell to a third party after 36 years on Route 7 south of Middlebury village, Denecker said, when GM exercised a standard right of first refusal and offered the same deal to Denecker and Capra.
MIDDLEBURY — Jerry Schwarz has just about seen it all during his almost 38 years as a public defender. He’s defended clients on charges ranging from petit larceny to murder, with just about every other offense in between. But the gregarious attorney with his trademark bushy gray beard and booming voice will retire from his post as Addison County public defender in order to live life more fully outside of the courtroom.
“I love the people and the work, but you can’t do it forever,” Schwarz said during a recent interview.
MIDDLEBURY — Sandy Jackson has always been a crafty person.
“My hands never stop making stuff,” she says. “I can’t stand to be idle for a minute.”
When she and her husband, Bruce Eichinger, went to Paris for three months back in 1996, she decided to put her craft skills to the test. She brought along a book called “Pop-up Geometric Origami” by Masahiro Chatani and determined she was going to take her greeting cards and decorations to the next level.
LINCOLN — The sounds of drumming echoed through the halls of Lincoln Community School one afternoon last week. In a classroom, Guinean-born Simbo Camara led seven students through a West African dance accompanied by a drumbeat.
“Listen for the beat!” he shouted with infectious energy.
The two children playing the drums had a tendency to speed up, as if racing each other, so Camara kept the beat on the drum he straddled while he directed the dancers through their moves.
Dear Mom and Dad,
It’s Sunday night, a few days before Christmas, and we’ve been scurrying around getting things ready for the holiday — cleaning, wrapping gifts … Sarah and the girls took a sled down to the brook and collected pine boughs, then they decorated the house, made it look and smell like a festival. I spent half the day in the office getting things ready to take a day off.
My name is Christopher Mason, and I am a police officer.
I speak it as a confession to highlight a tension that rests at the heart of my professional life — a perceived contradiction that is very frequently commented upon. The comments typically run something like, “I really hate cops, but you seem OK.” Which is very gratifying, of course, since it’s nice not to be hated, but disconcerting at the same time.