MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County Superior Court judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a local man against the town of Middlebury, Middlebury College, the Addison Independent and Bread Loaf Corp. The plaintiff, Middlebury resident Alpine Bingham, alleged the defendants’ collective actions unduly influenced the electorate prior to votes held earlier this year on the $6.5 million municipal building/recreation center project.
VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes kicks off its new Movie Club on Friday, Dec. 5.
The Movie Club will offer a free monthly film screening followed, after a short break, by an optional discussion. Popcorn will be served.
The Dec. 5 event features a 6 p.m. screening of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (PG-13). Local screenwriter Alex Jay Dubberly, whose Bixby Library screenwriting workshops have been a particular hit with participants, will introduce the film and lead the discussion.
VERMONT — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning that hundreds of Vermont consumers have reported receipt of recorded robocalls or live phone calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS agents. The caller threatens legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not paid immediately. The callers then direct the consumer to call a phone number and make immediate payment by credit card or other direct means of payment. This is a scam.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week reached a consensus on tweaks to the city hall’s floor plan and asked City Manager Mel Hawley to start getting estimates, with work to begin as soon as January.
The first focus, said aldermen and Hawley, will be to convert into a meeting room the largest of the three rooms left vacant by the police force’s recent move.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has decided to reopen its negotiations with Anders Holm as he seeks to re-establish a hydroelectricity operation at the Otter Creek falls.
Holms’ long running plans to construct a 1.6-megawatt hydro turbine near the falls has been at a standstill for more than two years. Holms owns the building at 56 Main St., right next to the picturesque falls. Operating as Middlebury Electric Co., he wants to install a water turbine to generate electricity from the swiftly flowing water that runs underneath his building.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The sight of a man splitting wood is common enough during Vermont autumns, and normally attracts little notice. But this fall, people passing the East Middlebury United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Routes 116 and 125, noticed Albert LaBerge.
LINCOLN — This time of year, most high school seniors are busy setting goals for the future: what college they hope to attend, which career they hope to pursue, what they want to accomplish before leaving home for good.
Sarah Jane Grundon — known to everyone but her parents as SJ — has a goal more ambitious than most. She wants to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics as a freestyle skier.
HARTFORD — Major alignment changes were proposed for Vermont’s three high school football divisions last week at the Vermont Interscholastic Football League annual meeting at Hartford High School, including a move of the Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative program from Division III to Division II.