Archive - May 11, 2006
By ANDY KIRKALDY
FERRISBURGH — With yet another deadline looming in the multi-year saga of the Vermont Electric Power Company effort to build a major new power line connecting West Rutland and South Burlington, towns in northern Addison County are lobbying VELCO to lessen the visual impact of a proposed 115-kilovolt line.
As recently revised, that 115-kV line between a new New Haven substation and South Burlington still includes some poles that top 100 feet tall.
Local officials have given mixed reviews to VELCO’s April 24 design, which was an update on the power-line installation plan that the electricity distribution company submitted in February. Many feel that VELCO has not followed through on initial proposals for poles ranging only up to about 70 feet tall, especially at many road crossings where the lines will be highly visible.
By HARRIETTE BRAINARD
MIDDLEBURY — Trustees at Middlebury College met in Middlebury this weekend and unanimously approved a 100-page strategic plan, which will focus on enhancing the Middlebury students’ educational experience through a continued emphasis on creating a more ethnically and socio-economic diverse student body, as well as promoting the college as a leader in environmental issues locally, nationally and internationally.
The strategic plan, the first since 1992, places its focus on strengthening financial aid and faculty programs, rather than on the college’s physical plant, which has seen the most dramatic physical changes in the past decade in the college’s 205-year history. The new plan also emphasizes the continued growth of the college as a world leader, and the next decade will see expansion of the college’s schools abroad.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — In the annual battle for Addison County bragging rights, the Middlebury Marlins swim team defeated the Vergennes Champs, 234-173, at the East Street pool in Vergennes on Thursday.
Middlebury helped its cause garnering 49 points with seven relay victories, while the Champs won six relays for 40 points.
The Marlins were buoyed by Derek Hathaway, who won all four of the individual 12-and-under races he entered: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. The team also got a boost from Kess Moulton, who won the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle for the eight and under girls, and Grace Pyne, who in the 12 and under girls category won the butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle.