July 25th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — On a steamy Thursday evening, about 150 young swimmers from the Middlebury and Vergennes areas gathered at the Middlebury town pool. An even larger crowd of family members and friends cheered them on, wielded watches and clipboards to keep track of their efforts, or — in the case of many parents — just chatted in the ample downtown between their kids’ and their kids’ friends events.
OK, under the “cone of silence,” how many of you use Amazon to buy a book? How many of you send a check to the state of Vermont for what you owe in use taxes? How many of you would stop buying your books on Amazon if the company collected that tax for you and sent it to Montpelier?
Our guess is that a bunch of you buy books from the online giant, that virtually none of you pony up and send a check to Montpelier for what you owe, and that only a tiny percentage of you would stop shopping on Amazon if the company did collect the tax.
MIDDLEBURY — Hauling across the globe from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Middlebury every summer since 2007 is, in some ways, a return home for Nina Kostyuk, a Russian professor at the Middlebury Russian Language School.
After 41 years studying and teaching in Russia’s second-largest city, the trip to Addison County brings Kostyuk back to her childhood growing up in a village outside the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.
FERRISBURGH — Back in the 1970s, Ferrisburgh held annual “Good Neighbor Days,” in which residents gathered and picnicked.
Early in 2010, Ferrisburgh native Karlene DeVine and other members of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society recalled Good Neighbor Days, which had long since faded from the town’s annual calendar.
BRANDON — Vermonters who spend every day driving up and down Route 7, weaving through the state’s many back roads, or hiking on scenic trails can sometimes come to take for granted the striking beauty of the scenery around them.
On July 7, Brandon’s Gallery in the Field opened an exhibit called “The Power of Place: Landscapes and Mindscapes from Vermont,” featuring work from four Vermont artists, that reminded the roughly 300 people in attendance of the splendor in Vermont’s landscape.
ROANOKE, Ala. — A Middlebury man who has served as a volunteer firefighter for the Middlebury Fire Department was killed in a Wednesday morning car accident in Roanoke, Ala., while on vacation with his wife and two children.
According to The Randolph Leader of Alabama, a Toyota Sienna minivan being driven at about 8:45 a.m. by Adam Myers, 39, was struck by a Ford Explorer driven by a local resident.
ADDISON COUNTY — A hometown boy is back in town and looking to make big headway this year in solar technology across Addison County.
Chris Eaton is a Middlebury Union High School graduate and a 1999 Middlebury College alumnus. He co-founded the local company Salamander Construction in 2004, and two years later followed his future wife down to Massachusetts, where he started another construction company, called Ducksholm Builders in Nantucket.
ADDISON COUNTY — A new law requires electric utilities give a credit to their customers who produce some of their own power through home solar power panels. The credit is 20 cents for every kilowatt hour their units produce.
When the roughly 14-cent-per-kWh cost of power purchased from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) or Green Mountain Power (GMP) is factored into the mix, a solar customer will receive an approximate 6-cent credit called an “adder” for every kWh used and produced.