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September 3rd, 2015
NEW HAVEN — Some residents and elected officials are looking for answers to some basic questions from Anbaric Transmission about the company’s proposal to build a converter station at the New Haven VELCO substation to connect a 400 megawatt power line to the New England electric power grid.
The need for answers is particularly acute in a town that, in the words of a resident at an informational meeting last week, increasingly feels “like a dumping ground” for energy projects.
VERGENNES — Vergennes alderman and well-known area large-animal veterinarian Joe Klopfenstein will later this fall pull up his Vermont stakes after 30 years and leave for a teaching job with Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Klopfenstein, as much a fixture on the Vergennes musical scene as on the 33 dairy farms he serves with his veterinary partner, Annie Murphy, said he was made an offer that was too good to refuse — in part because he and his wife Nancy’s two sons both live in Oregon.
MIDDLEBURY — You’ll have to excuse educators with the county’s Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program if they are a little perplexed these days.
On the one hand, the Vermont Public Broadcasting Service has just hailed D.O. as one of four exemplary “champions” of education in Vermont for 2015, an honor that will include an award and a televised tribute during the month of September.
VERMONT — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman points to his private sector experience on Wall Street as qualification for running a competent government free of political spectacle.
“The normal process is politicians doing usual things that get the usual results,” the former international financier told VTDigger on Tuesday. “I don’t see things as everyone else does.”
VERGENNES — Recent changes to Vermont school law, specifically the creation of Act 46, are requiring the state’s supervisory unions to look at unifying their governance structures to save money and, hopefully, improve kids’ education.
MIDDLEBURY — If the first-ever Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) were to be judged by the rating scale coined by the late movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, it would certainly earn “two thumbs up.”
The festival, which ran last Thursday through Sunday, exceeded expectations for attendance, film submissions and the enthusiasm with which it was embraced and supported by the community, according to MNFF founder and board President Lloyd Komesar, who on Monday was already thinking ahead to next year’s edition.
NEW HAVEN — If you’ve taken an elementary or middle school art class in Addison County in the past 30 years, or your kids have, there’s a decent chance you’ve met Michaela Granstrom.
Granstrom, 62, had been gracing Addison County’s art classrooms for three decades before she retired in June of this year.
New Haven residents might also know Michaela Granstrom though the business that she manages with her husband, Chris Granstrom, 62: Lincoln Peak Winery.
FERRISBURGH — This year’s Ferrisburgh Day, which will arrive on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 12, will be doing double duty.
Not only will Ferrisburgh Day give residents of the northwest Addison County town a chance to gather and get to know each other better, it will also serve as the official unveiling of the town’s new $1.05 million, 5,940-square-foot, six-bay highway garage. That building was built next to the former town garage, on Little Chicago Road across from Ferrisburgh Central School.