November 26th, 2014
BRISTOL — Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose gave a grim appraisal of the town firehouse’s condition to the Bristol selectboard Monday evening.
LaRose presented a 10-page study by Williston firm Childs Engineering that outlined the numerous shortcomings of the North Street firehouse, which was built in 1897.
“This report makes it reality, all the issues we have had and currently have,” LaRose told the board. “We’re dealing with a building that’s just unsafe.”
VERGENNES — Thanks to the effort of many Vergennes Union High School students, 20 families who could use a helping hand will have turkeys on their table this Thursday, and more than a dozen of those families will also receive all the trimmings.
On this past Friday, VUHS students donated a dozen complete Thanksgiving dinners, plus another eight turkeys and other holiday side dishes, to the Vergennes Community Food Shelf, which is housed in the Vergennes Congregational Church on South Water Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Andy and Lisa Mitchell are a creative couple who know how to put on a show. But until lately, their homespun series of special events have been by invitation only and at venues kept under close wraps.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College this month announced a plan to sell a number of residential homes it owns to faculty at a discounted rate, while real estate professionals disagree over whether the prospective sales could depress home values in town.
The college said the initiative is part of an effort to help new faculty members find suitable, affordable housing close to campus. Presently, the college rents out the houses to faculty.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team made history this fall by earning the program’s first Division II championship, and unsurprisingly Coach Dustin Corrigan’s 14-4 Eagles are well-represented on the 2014 Addison Independent Girls’ Soccer All-Star team. Six Eagles are honored here, three from a back line that allowed just 10 goals in 18 games.
MIDDLEBURY — Postseason honors have poured in for Middlebury College football head coach Bob Ritter, his quarterback and eight other members of his team.
This week, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced that Ritter was named the 2014 New England Division III Coach of the Year. The 14-year head coach led the Panthers to a 6-2 mark this fall, finishing the season ranked fifth in New England in NCAA Division III with a five-game winning streak.
MIDDLEBURY — In all, 21 young hunters were successful during Youth Hunting Weekend and had deer weighed at Vermont Field Sports in Middlebury.
However, due to the fact that state wildlife biologists had initially taken information with them that weekend after overseeing weigh-ins, only five names were available immediately after the two-day youth hunt. They were published in the Nov. 17 edition of the Independent.
Vermont’s cold, snowy January days. Vermont’s warm summer evenings.
Vermont’s warm winter afternoons. Vermont’s cool summer evenings.
Big Thanksgiving meals with relatives (especially the pies). Leftovers (especially the pies). The lunch about nine days after Thanksgiving when I don’t have to eat the leftovers again.