July 6th, 2015
VERGENNES — They won’t be playing taps after all for the 40th Army Band of the Vermont National Guard.
Vermont Guard officials confirmed late last week that the 40th — which had been slated to be decommissioned and possibly made a detachment of the New Hampshire National Guard 39th Army Band — has been given an indefinite reprieve.
ADDISON COUNTY — According to the National Weather Service, June’s rainfall in Burlington of 8.67 inches proved to be the third highest since 1884, trailing only 1922 and 2013.
Nobody had to tell Vermont farmers that news.
“Every year we have our little times and issues with wet weather,” said Peter James, co-owner of Weybridge’s Monument Farms. “But this year it’s been the entire month of June.”
Heavy rain and clouds in June pose special problems for dairy farmers.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) drivers and mechanics have voted to unionize through the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 597. Workers last week voted 10 to 7 in favor of that action, with one challenged ballot.
A previous union drive initiated last year by ACTR workers failed by a close 9-8 tally.
James Moulton, executive director of ACTR, explained the process that will now unfold.
MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center (TPC) of Addison County is seeking land or a building in which to relocate within the year. Free, would be nice.
The nonprofit drug rehabilitation center learned recently it has until next August to vacate its rented space within Middlebury’s Marble Works complex, so they’re in the market for another benevolent, if not wholly supportive, landlord — preferably one who could donate space to them.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) is well-known for maintaining a revolving loan fund that allows qualifying businesses to borrow tens of thousands of dollars.
The ACEDC is now serving as a bridge for no-interest loans for local entrepreneurs seeking as little as $500 to help jump-start their small enterprises.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources recently added nine species to the list of state threatened and endangered species. The listing included four plants, three bumblebees, one amphibian and one bird.
MIDDLEBURY — In conjunction with the exhibit “Warren Kimble, All-American Artist: An Eclectic Retrospective,” the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury will offer a series of “Wednesdays with Warren” gallery talks by internationally known Brandon artist Warren Kimble. His presentations will take place on Wednesdays at noon, on July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and 26, Sept. 9 and 23, and Oct. 7.
MIDDLEBURY — Summer has finally arrived in Addison County and the gardens are in full bloom. On Saturday, July 11, from noon-5 p.m., the Sheldon Museum presents its fourth annual garden tour, this year titled “Lincoln Garden Vistas.”