Archive - Jul 2009
By CHELSEY PLETTS
Gerald Heffernan took charge of his siblings’ education when he was 12 years old. It was a job he took seriously. His father left the family of nine children in order to work at a poultry farm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — and at the time he refused to allow his children to attend school in Bristol after a dogged bus driver snubbed their stop one too many times.
ADDISON — Because of deteriorating steel trusses discovered in a June inspection, New York Department of Transportation officials were poised on Friday to limit traffic to one lane on the Lake Champlain Bridge that links Addison with Crown Point, N.Y.
Signals at either end of the span, a crucial link between Vermont and New York State used by up to 3,600 vehicles a day, will allow eastbound and westbound traffic to take turns crossing Lake Champlain. Work will last at least through the end of August and possibly longer, said NYDOT spokesman Peter Van Keuren.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY — Outstanding individual performances sparked all four local high school baseball teams this spring. Mount Abraham Union senior Kyle Kayhart’s heavy hitting and reliable pitching helped the Eagles tie for the Metro Conference crown and reach the Division II final — and helped earn him the title of 2009 Addison Independent Baseball Player of the Year.
By KARL LINDHOLM
Do you like professional baseball in Vermont?
If so, better get to a game pretty soon. Looks like the Vermont Lake Monsters are not long for the Green Mountain State.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — On Tuesday Vergennes aldermen gave their blessing to a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for a proposed 25-unit elderly housing project off Monkton Road, an action taken after months of debate and a change in the project to remove future plans for affordable housing.
Aldermen also called for a July 21 public hearing on the grant, a forum that is expected to be a formality given the popularity of the senior housing proposal. That hearing will piggyback on another hearing scheduled for that evening, one on the proposed new city plan.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — In Whiting, Karen LeRoy is on the lookout for a culprit that could wreak havoc in her garden this year. And this summer, it’s not the usual critters, like deer or rabbits or pesky insects, that pose the greatest threat — it’s the late blight, a fungal disease that horticulturists say could wipe out tomato and potato crops in Vermont.
By JOHN FLOWERS
SALISBURY — For 30 years now, the Point CounterPoint chamber music camp on Lake Dunmore and the nearby Salisbury Congregational Church have played a sweet symphony together.
The musical relationship began back in 1979, when the Salisbury church was preparing to mark its 175th birthday. Then-pastor Wayne Holsman secured a $500 grant that the congregation decided to use for a celebratory performance series.
Robert Resnik and Barbara Wager play many instruments for an audience at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury on June 30.