Archive - 2012
MIDDLEBURY — If all goes as planned, lounging on the Middlebury town green this summer could include checking emails, reading Wikipedia or watching YouTube videos on any Wi-Fi enabled device.
That’s because the downtown public Wi-Fi project that has been examined on and off over the past few years looks to be picking up steam.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will soon expand its renewable energy portfolio. Next month it will install 34 photovoltaic solar power collectors on the open swathe of 1.5-acre college land off Route 125, between McCardell Bicentennial Hall and the college organic garden.
The 143-kilowatt (kW) project, slated to go up in February, is expected to generate 200,000 kW-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, and will be metered against Battell Hall to offset the annual power consumption of the year-round dormitory, which annually uses about 190,000 kWh.
ADDISON COUNTY — Almost 100 Addison County residents have hooked their homes up to a solar hot water system in large part due to Solar Addison County, a program launched last summer by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG).
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School board last week approved a proposed $10,332,550 spending plan for 2012-13. That represents an increase of $233,918 or 2.32 percent over the current spending plan.
There was none of the drama of past year’s budget talks when the fate of two items in the budget — the alternative education Harvest Program and the school resource officer — were in question. For the record, both of those line items are intact.
ADDISON COUNTY — In late December, FairPoint Communications expanded broadband Internet service to 225 Granville homes and businesses.
The arrival of high-speed Internet in the town is a milestone for the company: Now all of Fairpoint’s Addison County exchanges have at least some broadband coverage, and nearly 90 percent of the company’s customers statewide have access to broadband Internet.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Jan. 10 to increase the city’s financial contribution toward installing sprinklers in City Hall and the Vergennes Opera House to $35,000.
The increased contribution for the delayed project is up from an earlier estimated city share of $20,000 to $22,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Friday night’s anticipated match-up between the Middlebury College men’s hockey team and longtime rival Plattsburgh in the end turned out to be a mismatch.
Although the shot total at Kenyon Arena favored the visiting Cardinals by only 27-25, the Cardinals generated by far the better chances in dealing the Panthers their worst setback since 1993, a 7-0 loss. The Panthers dropped to 6-5-2, while Plattsburgh, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, improved to 11-2-3.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury College community and residents of Addison County will gather at several points on campus this week to celebrate the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.