January 3rd, 2013
BRISTOL — New Year’s Eve brought freezing temperatures and a flurry of snow, but downtown Bristol was alight and abuzz with activities, as area residents and families came out in droves to enjoy a series of performances and activities during the seventh annual Bristol Best Night celebration.
“It’s a real community event,” said Rick Ceballos, one of the small number of volunteer organizers. He described the town’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration as a labor of love.
VERGENNES — It was only a couple of months ago that Dave Huntley was jobless, homeless and living out of his car.
“I’d been working on a farm in Barton,” Huntley said during a recent interview at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes, where he eventually landed. “There weren’t too many farm jobs out there.”
But thanks to the efforts of the shelter, other area nonprofits and a Vergennes landlord, Huntley is a now a rent-paying tenant at a local residence.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Christmas Day completed their second annual toy drive, which this year provided gifts to 44 children in 21 families based in Middlebury, Ripton, Vergennes, Weybridge and Brandon.
Local community members and businesses donated gifts for the toy drive, which also featured the participation of the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, Vergennes Police Department and Vermont State Police. The gifts went to children who otherwise would have not found much under the tree on Dec. 25.
MIDDLEBURY — Developers of the South Ridge neighborhood off Middle Road in Middlebury are seeking permission to install a 500-kilowatt solar farm on a 3.3-acre parcel near the Lodge at Otter Creek.
The project, if OK’d by state utility regulators, is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 100 homes while remaining relatively inconspicuous due to the topography and surroundings of the three-acre parcel on which it would be sited.
MIDDLEBURY — No wrestler from one of the four local high school programs stood on the top of a podium when last week’s annual Hubie Wagner Invitational Tournament concluded in the Middlebury gym, but each of the four teams had something to be happy about.
The host Tigers had the best performance, tying for sixth with Champlain Valley among the 18 programs competing on Dec. 28 and trailing only one Vermont team, the combined Bellow Falls-Hartford squad.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will try to pare at least another $120,000 from a 2013-2014 municipal budget proposal in order to achieve the selectboard’s goal of limiting the spending plan’s impact on residents. The goal is an increase on the local property tax rate of no more than 5.5 cents while maintaining current services.
MIDDLEBURY — Last week at the Memorial Sports Center, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team made a little history — the Tigers for the first time won their own holiday tournament.
Maybe more importantly, the Tigers won in style while evening their record at 2-2 after opening their season with two competitive road losses against other potential Division II title contenders.
MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with recruiting Middlebury’s first-ever business development director will soon interview a fifth and final candidate before narrowing down the field and introducing a new hire as soon as Town Meeting Day.
“I think we are on a good path,” said John Tenny, a member of the Middlebury Business Development Fund Advisory Board.
“I think we have some very good candidates.”