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VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week reached a consensus on tweaks to the city hall’s floor plan and asked City Manager Mel Hawley to start getting estimates, with work to begin as soon as January.
The first focus, said aldermen and Hawley, will be to convert into a meeting room the largest of the three rooms left vacant by the police force’s recent move.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has decided to reopen its negotiations with Anders Holm as he seeks to re-establish a hydroelectricity operation at the Otter Creek falls.
Holms’ long running plans to construct a 1.6-megawatt hydro turbine near the falls has been at a standstill for more than two years. Holms owns the building at 56 Main St., right next to the picturesque falls. Operating as Middlebury Electric Co., he wants to install a water turbine to generate electricity from the swiftly flowing water that runs underneath his building.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The sight of a man splitting wood is common enough during Vermont autumns, and normally attracts little notice. But this fall, people passing the East Middlebury United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Routes 116 and 125, noticed Albert LaBerge.
LINCOLN — This time of year, most high school seniors are busy setting goals for the future: what college they hope to attend, which career they hope to pursue, what they want to accomplish before leaving home for good.
Sarah Jane Grundon — known to everyone but her parents as SJ — has a goal more ambitious than most. She wants to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics as a freestyle skier.
HARTFORD — Major alignment changes were proposed for Vermont’s three high school football divisions last week at the Vermont Interscholastic Football League annual meeting at Hartford High School, including a move of the Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative program from Division III to Division II.
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time — Dec. 6-14.
A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. In addition, a hunter who received a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit may take one antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) designated on the permit.
MIDDLEBURY — In the Panthers’ home opener this past Tuesday, the Middlebury College women’s basketball team cruised to a 73-36 win over Johnson State (0-4). The Panthers (4-1) held the Beavers to 19.6 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded them, 49-32. Middlebury returns to action this Tuesday, when it hosts Norwich.
Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.
He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.