February 2nd, 2015
BRANDON — In the past 23 months Brandon residents have voted on municipal budgets nine times — four times in 2013 and five in 2014. In both of the last two budget cycles, townspeople have engaged in intense debate, emotional wrangling and numerous re-votes that led to budget approval in the summer months after the start of the fiscal year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has officially added a proposed Route 7/Exchange Street roundabout to its list of priority projects and is now determining the price tag of such an undertaking and how it would be paid for.
The Middlebury selectboard has been lobbying VTrans since 2004 to install a roundabout at that intersection north of the village.
HANCOCK — Attention young folks planning on spending some time at the Snow Bowl over February school break: Middlebury Community Television will offer a fun activity for when you are taking a break from the slopes.
ADDISON COUNTY — Oil prices are subject to change. If anyone knows this, it’s Tom Jackman, owner of Jackman Fuels Inc. in Vergennes. His grandfather started the company in Bristol in the 1930s and he still has receipts from years ago when the price of oil was 13 cents per gallon.
“Then, it was a big deal if it went up to 14 cents in a year,” he said. “In 2008, we were seeing increases of 40 cents overnight.”
MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting this past Tuesday, members of the Middlebury selectboard agreed to spend $23,468 for a Ford Interceptor utility vehicle for the Middlebury Police Department. Middlebury police Chief Tom Hanley said the vehicle will offer more versatility and comfort than a conventional cruiser.
The vendor, G. Stone Motors of Middlebury, is accepting in trade (for $5,200) a 2010 cruiser from the department as part of the deal, according to Hanley.
In other action at that Jan. 27 meeting, the selectboard:
Platform tennis is an unusual sport because it seems that those who have been exposed to it quickly become obsessed; everyone else has never heard of it.
The rules of the game are much like doubles tennis and the court looks very similar, albeit about a third the size of a tennis court and built on a platform (hence the name) with 12-foot-tall walls that come up on all sides made out of chicken wire fencing that is held in high tension so that players can hit the ball as it bounces off the wire (similar to racquetball or squash).
VERMONT — This winter, take a break from your normal routine and make some time for a foray into the backcountry. From short outings to weekend getaways, there are plenty of adventures to be had beyond the ski trails at area resorts.
The following three tours, located on Vermont’s 300-mile long Catamount Trail, run two to three days and involve spending nights at a number of inns and bed-and-breakfasts in close proximity to the trailhead.