July 2nd, 2015
VERGENNES — Between them, husband-and-wife team Michael Tope and Shannon Mahoney’s road to opening downtown Vergennes’s newest shop, Raintree Handcrafted Fine Jewelry, includes Texas, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, critically, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tope, 48, and Mahoney, 43, who between them bring close to two lifetimes of experience in jewelry and watchmaking to their new retail venture, met through a mutual friend in St. Thomas, where they had both landed pursuing their careers.
They hit it off quickly.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is currently facing a costly decision about how — and whether — to fix a large swath of Creek Road, a choice that might mean taking on Mother Nature, or simply walking away.
ORWELL — The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, July 5, will honor the American withdrawal from the Mount on July 5-6, 1777, with a program starting at 1 p.m. The public is invited to participate in reading American, British, and German period writings from June and July 1777 that chronicle this critical time in the American Revolution’s Northern Campaign.
LINCOLN — Some Lincoln residents will need to plan extra travel time into their routines the summer, as Lincoln TH 1 Bridge 19 will be closed for about seven weeks starting Wednesday, July 8. The bridge, located over the New Haven River on East River Road about one-half mile south of TH 1 and Gove Hill Road, is scheduled to be closed to all traffic for 50 days, reopening on Aug. 27.
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Lakes and Ponds Program is holding an information and training event at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh on Monday, July 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Shoreland Protection Act, which took effect last summer on July 1, 2014.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School students traveled to Costa Rica this spring to participate in cultural exchange and conservation efforts. It was an amazing educational and cultural experience for our students.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Addison County American Legion baseball team dropped three more games away from home late last week to fall to 0-6, with all the losses on the road.
AC had hoped to enjoy its home opener on the Middlebury College field on Sunday, but rain washed out a scheduled doubleheader vs. Franklin County. That twin bill has been rescheduled to July 19 at 11 a.m.
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury’s Todd Stone edged Steve Miller of Vergennes in the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model division feature race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday.
Stone, the former Modified division track champion, claimed his first 2015 victory after taking the lead from Miller on a Lap 14 restart. He then held off Miller and others after a final restart with five laps remaining.