July 2nd, 2015
FERRISBURGH — Those involved in the dispute over Ferrisburgh farmer Wayne Stearns’ propane cannon talk about shattered dreams — and the shattered peace in a neighborhood along Lake Champlain.
From mid-July through mid-August last summer, Stearns, 43, fired the cannon — which makes a sound his neighbors liken to a shotgun — every minute or so from dawn to dusk.
MALONE, N.Y. — The 16-member Vermont State Police SWAT team, including two troopers now based in the New Haven barracks and one who operated out of that site until recently, joined the 1,300-strong law enforcement task force that ultimately brought two Clinton (N.Y.) Correctional Facility escapees to justice.
MIDDLEBURY — It has indeed been a very eventful seven months for local businessmen Tom Denecker and Mike Capra.
This past December, the two owners of Denecker Chevrolet, Inc. in Vergennes completed the purchase of Shea Motors in Middlebury.
Now the duo are proposing a major reconstruction of their new acquisition at 510 Route 7 South in Middlebury in an effort to make it more user-friendly, energy efficient and in keeping with the style and color scheme of other General Motors buildings throughout the nation.
VERGENNES — Between them, husband-and-wife team Michael Tope and Shannon Mahoney’s road to opening downtown Vergennes’s newest shop, Raintree Handcrafted Fine Jewelry, includes Texas, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, critically, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tope, 48, and Mahoney, 43, who between them bring close to two lifetimes of experience in jewelry and watchmaking to their new retail venture, met through a mutual friend in St. Thomas, where they had both landed pursuing their careers.
They hit it off quickly.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is currently facing a costly decision about how — and whether — to fix a large swath of Creek Road, a choice that might mean taking on Mother Nature, or simply walking away.
ORWELL — The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, July 5, will honor the American withdrawal from the Mount on July 5-6, 1777, with a program starting at 1 p.m. The public is invited to participate in reading American, British, and German period writings from June and July 1777 that chronicle this critical time in the American Revolution’s Northern Campaign.
LINCOLN — Some Lincoln residents will need to plan extra travel time into their routines the summer, as Lincoln TH 1 Bridge 19 will be closed for about seven weeks starting Wednesday, July 8. The bridge, located over the New Haven River on East River Road about one-half mile south of TH 1 and Gove Hill Road, is scheduled to be closed to all traffic for 50 days, reopening on Aug. 27.
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Lakes and Ponds Program is holding an information and training event at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh on Monday, July 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Shoreland Protection Act, which took effect last summer on July 1, 2014.