Archive - Oct 22, 2007
DONALD HILL, LEFT, and Matt Clark peek out from behind one of the dozens of inflatable Halloween displays they have in the yard of their North Road home in Whiting. The brothers have spent hours and hours setting up the display, which grows bigger every year.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
October 22, 2007
By ANDY KIRKALDY
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Electric Power Company has decided not to use a property in Ferrisburgh’s Route 7 village as staging area and storage site for more than 400 poles and other equipment for VELCO’s new transmission line from New Haven to South Burlington, VELCO spokesman Kerrick Johnson said on Friday.
Instead, VELCO has turned its attention at the last minute to a site in North Ferrisburgh that is owned by the state Department of Building and Grounds and is, at least in the long term, the planned home of a new Agency of Transportation weigh station and highway maintenance depot.
Johnson said earlier this summer AOT officials told VELCO that the agency was still considering developing that site within the next two years.
However, there may have been an internal misunderstanding in the agency. AOT director of communications John Zicconi told the Addison Independent this summer there are no immediate plans to further develop that site. Zicconi said the AOT had to devote limited funding to other needs for the foreseeable future.
“The project remains a project,” Zicconi said in July. “But there is no timetable for it at this time.”
Last week Johnson said VELCO approached the AOT again, asked more questions, and this time heard that the agency would be open to leasing the site for the two-year period VELCO said it needs the staging and storage area.
Johnson said when VELCO, Buildings and Grounds Department officials and AOT officials realized their needs were complimentary, that talks moved quickly. VELCO may start using the site, which is on the west side of Route 7 just south of Long Point Road, in a matter of days.
“If all goes well, we’re hoping to use that site by the end of next week,” Johnson said on Saturday.
October 22, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the local arts community are joining forces to market Middlebury as a destination for arts and entertainment.
The effort is being called “ArtsConnect,” an idea that emerged from a series of “Creative Communities Program” forums held earlier this year to find ways of stimulating Middlebury’s economy. Resident Nancy Malcolm was a lead organizer of that Creative Communities effort, and is chairwoman of the ArtsConnect committee.
“We want to promote and celebrate the Middlebury area,” Malcolm said. “The general idea is to be very inclusive.”
ArtsConnect boosters will hold their first of what are expected to be monthly gatherings on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café. The meeting is expected to attract representatives from Middlebury College, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, the Town Hall Theater, the Vermont Folklife Center, the Vermont State Craft Center at Frog Hollow, the Middlebury Business Association and area schools.
“This is a way to communicate, to get people together who speak the same language,” she said of the various players in the local arts scene.
ArtsConnect participants on Oct. 25 will begin to brainstorm ideas on how to publicize the vast menu of theater, visual arts, music and cultural events that are available in Middlebury. Malcolm plans to suggest some of the following ideas:
• Producing arts brochures that could be left in rooms at area hotels and B&Bs to inform tourists about local arts events.
• Approaching the Middlebury Business Association for help in promotions, such as displays.
• Collaborating with restaurants. Such a partnership could result in “dinner-and-a-show” relationships between theaters and eateries.
October 22, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County is in the market for a new chief administrator for its courthouse clerk, though the position must remain unfilled until early January due to a shortfall in the state’s judiciary budget.
County Clerk Kylie Dixon resigned on Oct. 1 after a little more than two years on the job. He declined to discuss the reason for his departure, except to say, “I left on good terms.”
It was during the summer of 2005 that Dixon succeeded Kathy Keeler, who retired after 25 years as an administrator of the Addison County courthouse.
Candidates have until Friday, Oct. 26, to apply for the clerk’s position. A job description on file at the courthouse lists the clerk’s duties as including:
• Working with the Superior Court judges to manage the caseload of the court.
• Ensuring court records are accurate and that court rulings and orders are prepared and distributed in a timely manner.
• Assisting all those who use the court in a “courteous and professional” manner.
• Overseeing the proper use of courthouse technology, including computers and audio/video devices.
• Managing county functions, including preparation of budgets, training and supervision of employees, managing selection of jurors and conducting recounts of county elections.
Whomever is picked to fill the job won’t be able to start until Jan. 2, 2008. The three-month hiring freeze is due to an estimated $800,000 shortfall in the state judiciary budget.
Vermont Supreme Court Clerk Virginia Lazarus said staff members are working hard to ensure court services are delivered in a thorough and timely manner while they shorthanded.