Archive - Oct 31, 2011
EAST MIDDLEBURY — As Middlebury officials look to protect East Middlebury from future flooding, they told a crowd of local residents last Thursday that they’re caught between outside regulators, feeling abandoned by the state and blocked by the feds.
CORNWALL — Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”
Japan is still taking baby steps in recovering from last March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, but volunteers — like Cornwall’s Paul Viko — are helping the Asian island nation complete the journey.
PANTON — Panton Town Hall’s cupola will soon be removed to allow badly needed new roofing to be installed on the historic building, but a major donation has offered more hope that the cupola can be eventually put back in place.
Panton selectmen last Tuesday accepted not only a $35,000 bid from the McKernon Group to remove the cupola and repair the leaky roof on the 1857 structure, but also a $10,000 anonymous gift toward the cupola’s restoration and hoped-for return to its town hall perch.
LINCOLN — The town of Lincoln last week drew one step closer to funding a 60-kilowatt solar installation with taxpayer dollars.
On Monday, Oct. 24, the selectboard and about 40 residents gathered at Lincoln’s Burnham Hall to discuss a proposal with the Williston-based company AllEarth Renewables.
What did they think?
“Among those assembled, there was unanimous support for the project,” said town moderator Will Sipsey.
WHITING — There’s been a lot to celebrate recently at the Whiting Community Church, not the least of which was a series of large, unexpected anonymous donations.
To start with, there was the church’s 200th birthday bash on Oct. 1, which drew more than 200 people despite rainy weather and raised $600.
People turned out to the 40-member church to eat, compete in three-legged races and a cross-cut saw tournament, attend services, bob for apples, watch the fireworks and, said Pastor Billy Jones, have a lot of fun.
ADDISON COUNTY — Social service agencies are alerting area residents that there is still time to apply for federal assistance if they were affected by Tropical Storm Irene. And they say those who are unsure if they qualify for financial assistance should file now and let the agencies decide later if aid is forthcoming.
“It’s possible that insurance will not cover the damage,” said Beth Diamond, regional resource specialist with Vermont 2-1-1, a project of the Vermont United Ways. “Renters should still file.
Despite the left’s criticism of President Barack Obama on several fronts, credit should be given where it’s due. Specifically, his call to impose an income tax on the super rich, popularly called the millionaire’s tax; his decision to pull troops out of Iraq by the end of the year; and the way he handled the crisis in Libya.
MIDDLEBURY — The team that keeps finding a way to win did it again on Friday night.
With a minute-and-a-half left in the Division I football quarterfinal at Doc Collins Field, a No. 6 Colchester team that moments before mounted a game-tying 80-yard drive had to punt from its own 23.
On the sidelines, assistant coach Jed Malcolm told the Tiger punt team, including senior defensive end Dylan Lanpher, to be ready.
Lanpher said Malcolm had a hunch.