October 20th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — It was during the fall of 2010 that the $16 million Cross Street Bridge project was unveiled in downtown Middlebury with high hopes that it would clear Main Street traffic jams and provide a vital, second crossing of the Otter Creek as an insurance policy for emergency vehicles.
A year later, those hopes seem to be fulfilled: Early supporters and detractors alike are touting the project as an aesthetic and functional asset to the community.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday put the finishing touches on its draft of the town plan and sent it to the selectboard for its review and two further public hearings.
After hours of deliberation on public comments and concerns submitted via letter and voiced at a Sept. 22 public hearing, the planners on Tuesday evening made a heap of revisions to the draft. They unanimously agreed, however, that there were “no substantial changes to the town plan,” which means the document is ready for the selectboard.
MIDDLEBURY — A dairy reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is causing some local concerns among the very people it seeks to help.
When farmers gathered in Middlebury on Monday for the annual meeting of the Addison County Farm Bureau, all eyes were on a bill that seeks to stabilize the dairy industry and milk prices.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, a crowd of 40 Middlebury College students and a few adults marched from the steps of the Davis Family Library to Hillcrest Environmental Center. They hoisted homemade signs and chanted phrases borrowed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.
“Our street!” they shouted.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard approved two new fiscal policies at their Monday, Oct. 17, meeting: an amended purchasing policy and a set of conditions for town credit card use.
The credit card policy was approved on the heels of recent selectboard debate surrounding the issuance of town credit cards to department heads, a discussion triggered by a People’s United Bank policy, which only issues credit cards to specific individuals. Simply put: The bank is unwilling to issue just one town credit card.
MIDDLEBURY — Pinecones hang like bells from a branch. A birch bark globe trimmed with sumac twists in the breeze. Other pieces of sculpture are tucked just off the Middlebury trail — a wrapped figure eight of grape vines, a discarded snack food wrapper garnished with a sprig of white pine.
And the whole walk is sprinkled with poems, paintings and photography hanging in in waterproof cases .
MIDDLEBURY — A different kind of vehicle has finally joined the Mack trucks, cement mixers, excavators and boom lifts that have been omnipresent at the Eastview at Middlebury retirement community construction site off South Street Extension for the better part of a year.
Moving trucks this month have been making their first of what Eastview officials anticipate will be many deliveries for new residents settling into the new development taking shape just south of the Porter Medical Center campus.
I’ve just returned from a work trip to southwestern Montana where it seems that most people don’t plant gardens. In towns, out on the ranches, I saw little sign of tomatoes or lettuces, even kale or broccoli tended in neat rows or clustered in raised beds. And vegetables that do grow? They fold up early. Indeed, the Bozeman Farmers’ Market shut down in mid-September; the natural foods’ cooperative offered few local fruits or vegetables; a downtown restaurant served us the last of the local greens for the year.