September 11th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Sept. 22 will begin its evaluation of the community’s new town office and recreation facility proposals, a review that could span several weeks as the panel takes testimony on plans that have already generated considerable debate and controversy in Addison County’s shire town.
MIDDLEBURY — Three of the biggest institutions in Middlebury will begin to receive natural gas service before the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline is finished, Vermont Gas Systems announced on Wednesday.
VERGENNES — A representative of the smallest state (in terms of population) in New England is in a contest with representatives of each of the region’s five larger states to win a $100,000 prize for her school. In early voting it looks like she has a chance to win.
MIDDLEBURY — Sitting on her porch one day this summer, Cindy Hill suddenly noticed that she could not see out of the inside corner of her right eye. Thinking that she must have scratched it, she decided to wait and see if it improved.
“I’ll sleep on it and then in the morning if it’s not cleared up, I’ll call the eye doctor,” the Middlebury resident said to herself.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is considering some major changes to the town’s recycling collection program in view of a new state law that will alter the way communities, haulers, businesses and households will have to deal with their waste.
At issue is Vermont’s Act 148, which orders a series of solid waste management program changes that will be phased in throughout the state from July 1, 2015, through July 1, 2020. The law requires that by next July 1, communities have to:
FERRISBURGH — Vermont Electric Power Co. has agreed to pay a total of about $200,000 to five Vermont towns — including Ferrisburgh, New Haven and Vergennes — to make up for property tax revenue those towns have lost since 2009 due to a what a VELCO official called a “miscalculation” on how it assessed property in those five towns and Shelburne.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) officials fondly refer to the Trail Around Middlebury as the town’s “emerald necklace.”
BRISTOL — A spirited debate about a new playground on the town green has sprung up between residents in the past several weeks. Some described the not-yet-completed playground as an eyesore, while others chimed in to defend the months of hard work of playground organizers.
The discussion began with a series of posts on Front Porch Forum both criticizing and praising the playground project.
“The new playground is the ugliest thing I have ever seen,” wrote Scott and Stacie Ayotte on Aug. 29.