July 29th, 2013
ST. ALBANS BAY — When one’s passion for Lake Champlain is high as the Benjamins’, sometimes the best way to share it is to build a business around it.
Curt and Jerri Benjamin, along with their son, Jordan, and his wife, Erin, have taken their longtime love for the lake to a new level with Northshore Kite-Sail-Surf LLC; its headquarters is Curt and Jerri’s St. Albans Bay residence (Curt and Jerri Benjamin were long-time residents of Middlebury; Jordan and Erin still reside in Middlebury).
SALISBURY — Twenty-two-year-old Dustin Weigle of Middlebury and 56-year-old Donna Smyers of Adamant won the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, of the second Vermont Sun Triathlon of the season on July 21. The triathlon was the second in the four-event series for the summer. The race, which started and finished at Branbury State Park in Salisbury, consisted of 600 yards of swimming, 14 miles of biking and a 3.1-mile run.
VERGENNES — The Friends of the Vergennes Opera House board of directors has accepted a slate of eight new directors from Vergennes, New Haven, Panton, West Addison and Ferrisburgh. This new group will join the existing six board members making for a total of 14 directors to head up the next phase of the VOH organization.
VERMONT — The Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association has chosen Middlebury College sophomore tennis player Lok Sze Leung, Essex High School senior tennis player David Ro, and Champlain Valley Union junior track and field standout Autumn Eastman as its May Athletes of the Month.
In a decade, solar power has grown from a virtual nonentity in Vermont to an industry employing hundreds that currently has capacity to power thousands of homes, businesses, non-profits and municipalities statewide.
Solar customers are attracted by the renewable, pollution-free energy source; by the tax credits and financing schemes that have vastly reduced the cost of installation and ownership; and by the upsides of generating power as close as possible to where it is consumed.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are looking for an armed man who robbed the Marble Works Pharmacy of an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs at around 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Aug. 13 is scheduled to pick a design-build company to help draw up plans for a new municipal building and gym, a project that could be put to the voters as soon as this November.
Board members on Tuesday agreed to establish the five-person committee to evaluate four design-build teams that are in the running for the contract. The teams are DEW Construction Corp. and Freeman French Freeman, Inc.; Engleberth Construction and Wiemann Lamphere Architects; ReArch Co. and Vermont Integrated Architecture; and Bread Loaf Corp.
MIDDLEBURY — The local human services agency Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is trying to recruit some new tenants to generate the necessary rent to help pay off and maintain the organization’s John V. Craven Community Services Center off Boardman Street in Middlebury.