Archive - Sep 2009
Editor's note: Did you miss President Obama's much talked about speech to the nation's schoolchildren yesterday? Catch up on the address, which generated some controversy in the days before the address, below:
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief Mike Lowe resigned on Friday and city officials expect to received police officer Matt Roorda’s official letter of resignation next week.
Lowe has been battling criminal charges of driving under the influence, embezzlement and prescription drug-related crimes.
City Manager Mel Hawley received Lowe’s letter of resignation mid-morning Friday. In the letter, Lowe said he was resigning “for health reasons.”
MIDDLEBURY — A veteran Middlebury Union High School field hockey team blanked less-experienced visiting Mount Abraham on Wednesday, 3-0, in a season opener that showed promise for both the Tigers and Eagles.
The Tigers, a team that returns 11 athletes who played key roles in last season’s 11-win squad, showed they might contend in Division I again. Their offense earned advantages in shots (13-7) and penalty corners (6-3), while their defense, which allowed only one preseason goal, posted another shutout.
MIDDLEBURY — Until recently, you had to travel down Cross Street or Bakery Lane to get visual confirmation of work on Middlebury’s new in-town bridge project.
But travelers along College Street last month received a rather abrupt signal that big changes are afoot. Seemingly overnight, five large, mature trees that bordered College Street in front of the Middlebury municipal building had suddenly disappeared.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters may be headed to the polls as soon as this November to authorize $1.8 million in improvements to the town’s main wastewater pumping station off Seymour Street.
The upgrades in question involve increasing the pumping station’s wet-well capacity and improving the facility’s grit-removal system. The current wet well is becoming overwhelmed during certain wet weather conditions, prompting it to overflow on occasion. That overflow has found its way into the Otter Creek, thereby triggering the state mandate to have the problem fixed.
Jean Barnard’s grandfather was an oil painter. He sat in a room — one-legged after losing a bout with diabetes — and painted. His daughter Flora inherited his artistic tendencies and at the age of 17 she was employed by a designer to lurk in the corners of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Madison Square Garden, recording the latest Paris fashions. Then, with the designs freshly in her head, Flora ran back to the office to sketch the details, from the neckline to the hem, of the dresses she had just seen.