Archive - Jan 2012
MIDDLEBURY — When one thinks of a French wine, perhaps Bordeaux or Beaujolais comes to mind.
That’s the concept of “terroir” at play: the “taste of place” that is so central to French wines. And the concept is one that Scott Burns, a professor of geology at Portland State University, is extending to home turf with his studies of how soil type affects wine in his home state of Oregon.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department reported last week that in early December it had tied up loose ends on a September burglary in which more than $1,000 worth of machinery was stolen.
The machinery was stolen from a workshop on North Street in Septemberand allegedly sold to a resident of Kountry Trailer Park. When the Kountry Trailer Park resident reported a stolen table saw, which later was found on Liberty Street, he asked about other recent machinery thefts. That’s when the police discovered the machinery was resold.
When President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil 1,750 miles from the tar sands of western Canada to the refineries in Texas, it was more than a victory for Ripton environmentalist Bill McKibben against this one project: it was a rare victory against the special treatment the U.S. government has long given the oil industry.
It also signals the beginning of change, perhaps, in the county’s attitude when weighing the value of dirty energy against the health of the environment.
BRISTOL — Both girls’ basketball teams had positives to take away from Saturday’s game at Mount Abraham Union High School, where the host Eagles held off a Middlebury rally for a 43-41 victory.
Mount Abe coach Connie LaRose saw her team pull out a tough game with major contributions from sophomores Ashlie Fay and Meghan Livingston, who combined to score 21 of the Eagles’ final 23 points, and clutch free-throw shooting — Mount Abe sank its final 11 free throws.
VERGENNES — Firefighters from 17 local towns showed up in festive fashion last Wednesday evening for the annual dinner of the Addison County Firefighters Association (ACFA).
But they weren’t the only ones in attendance at the Addison County Eagles Club. A crew of Canadian firefighters came down to learn what makes Addison County firefighting squads so dynamic.
CORRECTION: A story on the Ripton Elementary School budget that ran on Page 1A of last Thursday’s Addison Independent had a major inaccuracy. The proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan of $775,360, a 5.4-percent increase, will not require two votes at town meeting after all.
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The mild conditions this winter have not been conductive to ice skating on our local waterways, but on Wednesday morning many Addison County residents took unplanned trips across ice - when traveling across driveways and parking lots!
The culprit? A warm front bringing unseasonable rain, followed by a cold front and plummeting temperatures - an effect some meteorologists call a “flash freeze”.
This is the third opinion piece in a series discussing a proposal for Middlebury to create a fund that promotes economic development in town. Ben Wilson grew up in Middlebury, is an attorney in town and is vice president of the Better Middlebury Partnership.