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February 11th, 2013
SHOREHAM — While Vermont Gas Systems Inc. is now actively seeking the necessary permits and easements it needs to extend its pipeline south into Vergennes and Middlebury by next year, the company is also starting to lay the groundwork for the second phase of its expansion plans: Service to International Paper Co. in Ticonderoga, N.Y., by 2015, a construction project that will affect several property owners in Cornwall and Shoreham.
RIPTON — Ripton voters on Town Meeting Day will be asked to spend up to $150,000 to put a new roof on their elementary school. And in a separate vote on the same day, they’ll be asked to add to that new roof 200 solar panels in order to generate electricity to reduce the school’s energy bill for at least the next 20 years.
VERGENNES — Local restaurateur Michel Mahé will soon have two operations on Main Street in Vergennes — and five in the Champlain Valley.
In April, Mahé plans to open the Park Squeeze, keeping that name, adding it to a restaurant portfolio that already includes the Black Sheep Bistro further west along Main Street, Bristol’s Bobcat Café and Shelburne’s Bearded Frog.
ESSEX JUNCTION — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union schools, and schools in the northern half of Addison County in general, were well represented at the sixth annual Jr. Iron Chef Vermont competition on Feb. 2 at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, 75 middle and high school teams from all over Vermont participated in the competition.
MIDDLEBURY — Construction of Middlebury College’s new squash facility, the first project scheduled in a major upgrade to the college’s South Main Street athletics complex, will be complete by October for the fall squash season. Phase one of construction — initial site work — started in November 2012 and was completed in December 2012. Construction will resume when phase two of the squash project begins late this month.
MIDDLEBURY — After several years of standing idle, the former Chittenden Bank property at One Court Square will soon reopen for business under new ownership.
The Vermont Federal Credit Union on Jan. 23 closed on a deal to buy the former bank property for $850,000. Work crews are now busily gutting the 4,800-square-foot building so that it can be occupied by Vermont Federal employees who are currently operating out of the credit union’s 1,200-square-foot headquarters at nearby 24 Washington St.
MONKTON — Monkton’s Development Review Board has denied a contentious application for a 39.5-acre quarry proposed by Michael and Allan Brisson’s Brisson Stone LLC because the quarry would have extracted bedrock and crushed it for gravel, which the board said was prohibited. The quarry was to be managed by David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company.
Brisson Stone and Burchfield will likely appeal the Monkton DRB’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court, Allan Brisson told the Independent in a telephone interview.
MIDDLEBURY —The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op of Middlebury has signed a joint development agreement with Encore Redevelopment LLC of Burlington to collaborate on the development of local solar projects in Addison County.