August 2nd, 2010
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I never thought my personal hero would be younger than me. But I've come to believe that Trent Roleau, 21, is either Addison County's incarnation of Achilles or a modern day Perseus. I'm not quite sure which.
Back in the day he led the Mount Abe basketball team to a state championship. More recently, I profiled him as part of my Making a Life in Addison County series, and he told me about his plans to start a small-scale diversified farm in Lincoln. Intrepid stuff.
ORWELL — Andrea Ochs was 13 years old when she and her mom moved to Orwell from Queens, N.Y. She at first wasn’t sold on the Green Mountain State.
“I promised my father that if I ever woke up and looked out my window and didn’t think I lived in the most beautiful place, I would move on,” Ochs said.
“I still wake up every morning and thank God that I live in Addison County.”
MIDDLEBURY — Drivers heading down Route 7 south of Middlebury will undoubtedly notice a structure on the side of the road that may give the impression that one is in the countryside of Ireland rather than in rural Vermont.
This structure is Louis Nop’s newly erected metal castle, located in the backyard of his Route 7 home.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will order an asbestos assessment of the former Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) meeting house at 6 Water St. in anticipation of soon demolishing the structure and selling the 0.21-acre lot for a retail or commercial venture.
PANTON — Vergennes-Panton Water District residents will vote on Wednesday on whether to support a $5.1 million proposal to upgrade the district’s 37-year-old Adams Ferry Road water treatment plant in Panton.
The project will replace all the aging plant’s 30-plus-year-old pumps and filters; replace all its electrical, heating and ventilation systems; build a new control room and upgrade its equipment; improve chemical treatment equipment; and improve chemical storage areas.
FERRISBURGH — Work to install 186 non-reflective, 10-foot-high solar panels along Route 7 next to Vergennes Union High School could begin as soon as September, according to the owner of the 16-acre parcel that will house what he said will be, at least for a time, the largest such project north of New Jersey.
Burlington developer Ernie Pomerleau, longtime owner of the Ferrisburgh tract along Route 7’s west side, is a principal investor in the project, known as Addison Solar Farm.
The District Environmental Commission’s quick denial of an Act 250 permit for the proposed Lathrop gravel pit near downtown Bristol laid out the basic issues in clear detail, but seemingly with the assumption that an appeal was likely. That’s just being smart. Appeals often follow on the heels of such a significant denial. After all, the applicants have been battling with citizen-opponents for going on seven years, and it’s hard for the losing side to simply admit all that effort was for naught.
CORNWALL — My wife Lisa and I have just returned from a two-week trip to England, where we spent July 15 to 24 in Manchester watching the World Lacrosse Championships.