May 2nd, 2013
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen have scheduled a public informational meeting for this coming Tuesday on their proposed $1.45 million bond to fund a new 4,611-square-foot police station on North Main Street.
City residents will vote on May 14 on the police station bond proposal and also join residents in neighboring towns to decide on a $600,000 loan proposal to fund new roofing for Vergennes Union High School (see related story).
MIDDLEBURY — American industrialist Henry Ford said that “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is looking to put Ford’s entrepreneurial advice into practice through a new “young professionals” group that next Wednesday, May 8, will begin what organizers hope will be the first of many regular meetings for like-minded people to associate, compare notes and perhaps collaborate on new business ventures.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board will host an informational meeting on Monday on its proposal for a five-year, $600,000 loan to put a new roof on the school’s leaky classroom wing and auditorium. Monday’s forum will begin at 6 p.m. in the VUHS library.
MIDDLEBURY — Back in 1978 what is now Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater was the local Knights of Columbus Hall. Karen Amirault, a dancer and recent graduate of Middlebury College, joined forces with college dance faculty Patty Smith to rent the hall for their eclectic dance reviews.
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will open its new Education Center and exhibit on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. The ribbon cutting celebrates a decade of planning and fundraising for the $1.2 million project. The center provides much-needed facilities, including rest rooms and meeting space, and houses the new 2,500-square-foot exhibit, “Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont.”
MIDDLEBURY — Relay for Life, an all-night walk staged at the Middlebury College athletic fields, drew hundreds of participants last Friday and Saturday and raised nearly $77,000 for the American Cancer Society.
ADDISON COUNTY — Spring has finally arrived, and across the region wildlife species are returning to their seasonal habitats, including flocks of migratory birds. But while there may seem to be an abundance of chirping birds returning to the area, the populations of Vermont’s seven grassland songbird species have, in fact, plummeted in recent years.
This year, an innovative project at the University of Vermont aims to restore habitat for one of those specie: bobolinks.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton said this week city officials would take a measured approach to a request by Vergennes Union High School 8th-graders to make the city’s pool and recreation areas and its central green off limits to smoking.
Benton said several decisions have to be made, including whether to treat the pool and recreation area differently than the city green, whether to address public smoking with laws enforceable with fines or with less strict policies, and whether to act and how quickly to do so.