July 9th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — A summer storm Tuesday night resulted in more than 1,200 Addison County power customers being without electricity as of Wednesday morning.
Green Mountain Power said its crews are working to repair more than 20,000 outages statewide. Damage was most severe in Washington and Addison counties.
Tuesday night’s storm was the second major weather event GMP has responded to this week. The first was a storm over Fourth of July weekend, after which GMP crews restored power to 37,000 clients statewide.
ADDISON COUNTY — This spring three of Vermont’s top four Division II high school softball teams — and almost certainly three of the top 10 overall — called Addison County or Brandon home, and the fourth local team gave two of the others all they could handle.
BRISTOL — David Durgin is a busy man.
The Bristol resident owns Mainly Metals, a machine and fabrication shop that uses a unique water jet technology to cut materials of all sorts.
“It’s a jet of water with garnet mixed in,” Durgin explains. “The jet is about 1/30,000 of an inch in diameter — the size of a mechanical pencil lead — that comes out around 50,000 pounds per square inch.”
What that adds up to is one extremely precise machine.
VERGENNES — Northlands Job Corps in Vergennes has long been both a significant employer and an educational resource for Addison County residents. This year has been an important one for strengthening the school’s community connection, said Ron Dedrick, the business community liaison and work-based learning coordinator at Job Corps.
Dedrick said he joined the team this year, with the goal of “trying to re-integrate (Job Corps) into the local community.”
BRISTOL — Sitting outside his studio in downtown Bristol, greeting fellow business owners and shoppers, Rory Jackson seems to know everyone in town.
“It can be distracting,” the artist says of his studio’s public location, “but it’s really important to me to have the energy, the interaction with life.”
Jackson, 31, has been working out of this location, on Main Street across from Bristol Bakery, for two years now.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has agreed to become a consumer of a new, 150-kilowatt solar project that is being planned by the Addison County Relocalization Network (Acorn) Renewable Energy Co-op.
BRISTOL — The office of the Vermont Attorney General on June 23 filed a brief in a Bristol gravel pit case currently before the Vermont Supreme Court, arguing that the Environmental Court has set a dangerous precedent by approving a proposal by Lathrop that had not been vetted by the Act 250 process.