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October 24th, 2011
LINCOLN — Fifth- and sixth-graders from Lincoln Community School had to leave their classrooms last week when the two rooms closed for renovations. But the town of Lincoln hasn’t left its youngsters without a place to learn.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team put the wraps on the Eagles’ best season in years on Friday, but it wasn’t easy.
The Eagles needed overtime to defeat stubborn visiting Middlebury, 1-0, on a long-range bomb by junior Evy Jacobs; finish their regular season at 9-3-2; and, critically, nail down the No. 4 seed for the Division II playoffs — a loss would have dropped them to No. 5.
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision to close the state hospital in Waterbury comes just in time to avoid wasting precious state dollars on repairs to an antiquated facility, built in 1890, that has needed to be shuttered for years. That it took a flood of disastrous proportions to prompt the decision is testimony to the ill affects of a political system in which protecting one’s own economic turf is more important than doing what’s right for patients or the state as a whole. It’s understandable, but a real obstacle when needed changes must be made.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County resident Beth Robinson’s impressive resume got a little more stellar on Tuesday. The longtime attorney, victorious co-counsel in the Baker v. Vermont marriage equality case, and current general counsel to Gov. Peter Shumlin learned that she will serve on the state’s highest court.
ADDISON COUNTY — Next spring, Green Mountain Power (GMP) will look to install smart electric meters on the sides of all Vergennes homes and businesses. By the end of next year, GMP and fellow electricity provider Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) will have installed the new devices at all participating homes and facilities across Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — It was during the fall of 2010 that the $16 million Cross Street Bridge project was unveiled in downtown Middlebury with high hopes that it would clear Main Street traffic jams and provide a vital, second crossing of the Otter Creek as an insurance policy for emergency vehicles.
A year later, those hopes seem to be fulfilled: Early supporters and detractors alike are touting the project as an aesthetic and functional asset to the community.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday put the finishing touches on its draft of the town plan and sent it to the selectboard for its review and two further public hearings.
After hours of deliberation on public comments and concerns submitted via letter and voiced at a Sept. 22 public hearing, the planners on Tuesday evening made a heap of revisions to the draft. They unanimously agreed, however, that there were “no substantial changes to the town plan,” which means the document is ready for the selectboard.
MIDDLEBURY — A dairy reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is causing some local concerns among the very people it seeks to help.
When farmers gathered in Middlebury on Monday for the annual meeting of the Addison County Farm Bureau, all eyes were on a bill that seeks to stabilize the dairy industry and milk prices.