October 18th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Nelson Recreation Center used to almost shake with the din generated by frenzied crowds cheering the Panthers to several NCAA ice hockey titles.
On Friday, a 77-year-old man attired in simple orange robes kept the Nelson’s 2,800-person crowd silent and in the palm of his hand. He returned Saturday morning for a repeat performance.
MIDDLEBURY — About three years after the old Champlain Bridge was closed due to safety concerns, workers will soon begin the final phase of work on the new Lake Champlain Bridge project.
That work will involve upgrades to property on the Vermont side of the span to include construction of a new boat launch, two gravel parking lots and walking paths with interpretive signs.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems and International Paper Co. on Wednesday announced a $70 million pact through which the South Burlington-based utility would supply natural gas to the paper company’s Ticonderoga, N.Y., mill as soon as 2015.
The agreement, contingent on approval by the Vermont Public Service Board, calls for a 10.5-mile pipeline to be built under Lake Champlain as an offshoot of the Addison Natural Gas Project that has already been pitched to extend natural gas service south from Chittenden County into Vergennes and Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to promote new jobs — including those that might not necessarily be located within the town’s borders.
ADDISON — Here’s some good news for Addison County localvores: The local foods movement is extending from your plate to your pint glass.
Across the state, encouraged by the UVM Extension Crops and Soil team’s Vermont Hops Project, more local hops growers are cropping up each year.
Kris Anderson, the owner of the Addison Hop Farm, is one of them. Anderson, a longtime homebrewer, began growing hops because he was looking for an “interesting crop” to play around with.
BRISTOL — A town landmark, the Greek Revival style building on Route 116 known as “The Pillars,” is leaving Bristol for good.
Although some who have driven past the home recently have speculated that the building is being renovated, the opposite is actually true.
“It’s being deconstructed,” explained Diane Saunders, the Bristol resident who lives in another home on the property where the historic building currently stands and who used to own The Pillars with her husband, Alan.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard has yet to find a buyer for the town-owned 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A, but it recently met in a half-hour executive session with one interested party.
Minutes of the Oct. 2 meeting indicate that the board met behind closed doors with, among others, property listing agent Matt Tedder of Pomerleau Real Estate and Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment.
MIDDLEBURY — A Hubbardton woman has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding a combined total of $55,000 from several lending institutions — including the Addison County Economic Development Corp., or ACEDC.