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July 6th, 2015
The end of the school year is always of time of reflection, after the frenetic and celebratory air that surrounds graduation, awards ceremonies, and year-end community events. As an educator, you become accustomed to this cycle, of stewarding students throughout the year and then letting go, and there is an almost hushed silence around our schools as the wave of excitement, learning, and social interaction recedes, as it gathers strength to return in August.
I love Vermont. From the first day that I entered the state, I knew unequivocally that my soul would be nourished and content by living here.
I attended all of the site selection meetings and most of the site design meetings for the proposed Bristol Fire Station — the firefighters and community members on those committees did a thorough, transparent, and responsible job. They have been attentive to the public’s input from the very first community meetings held at the Legion in spring of 2013 to the open house and discussion forums held this spring at Holley Hall and the fire station.
ADDISON COUNTY — Massive parades. Awesome fireworks displays. Mouthwatering food. And, of course, the Great Bristol Outhouse Race.
That’s what residents of Addison County and Brandon are preparing for the Fourth of July, which, this year, commemorates 239 years of American independence.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is gearing up for the 37th annual Festival on-the-Green, a week-long music festival featuring daily performances at Middlebury’s recreational park.
BRISTOL — After nine months of evaluating sites, discussing plans and holding informational meetings, the town of Bristol has reached the time for a decision on a new firehouse.
Architects have designed an 11,000-square-foot facility to be built by local businessman Kevin Harper on a site off West Street. Upon completion, the town hopes to purchase the building and a 9.03-acre parcel of land through a $3.19 million bond.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol has won a $25,000 federal grant that will allow the community to finally determine the development potential of a roughly 20-acre parcel of town-owned land on the western edge of the village.
The land in question is referred to as the “Stoney Hill property,” which the state of Vermont conveyed to Bristol for $1 more than two decades ago. The property has remained unused for lack of an access point and in the absence of planning funds to determine the extent to which it could be used to host light industry and businesses.
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.