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October 6th, 2011
VERGENNES — Challenges remain for the vitality of the Vergennes economy, said several downtown merchants and board members of the Vergennes Partnership, but there are reasons for at least cautious optimism.
A number of empty downtown spaces are now being filled, some after long periods of vacancy, and shopkeepers said after a summer of weather-related setbacks business seems to be picking up.
VERGENNES — The investigation into the death of a 34-year-old John Graham Shelter resident during a Sept. 28 armed robbery should be complete no later than by the end of next week, said Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.
Yemalla Sprauve, 34, died of undetermined causes after allegedly assaulting a male clerk at the Champlain Farms convenience store shortly after 4 a.m. on the 28th.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has given Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) permission to use some of its ratepayer revenue to help bankroll a planned expansion of the utility’s gas pipeline into Addison County by 2015.
ADDISON — Come rain or shine, Addison on Oct. 15 and 16 will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town’s founding, joining many other county communities who this year have thrown a party — or plan to do so — to honor the occasion.
BRISTOL — Since high school graduation, Starksboro’s Dani Bluteau has dreamed of opening her own flower shop. The idea sparked when she organized flowers for a friend’s wedding.
“I thought, ‘If I could do this for a living … this would be awesome,’” said Bluteau. “Everybody loves (flowers). They make people’s day and there’s a need for them for every occasion.”
Everywhere I go in Vermont I see turkeys. There was a time, not too many decades ago, that turkeys could not be found in the state. Hunting and loss of habitat had pushed them out. But the turkey reintroduction program begun in 1969 was wildly successful, and for the past few years they have been about as ubiquitous as squirrels.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 board on Tuesday agreed to offer up to two slots on the Middlebury Union High School girls’ varsity basketball roster to players from flood-ravaged Rochester, but learned it will not be able to offer a combined Nordic ski team with Mount Abraham Union High School.
MIDDLEBURY — Before the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team finally defeated South Burlington last week after a multi-year losing streak, Coach Kelley Higgins told the Tigers they were the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, who had just knocked off the New England Patriots under similar circumstances.
But before the 5-1-1 Tigers hosted rival Mount Abraham, who came into Monday’s game at Middlebury College with a 1-4-3 record, the Bills had been upset by Cincinnati on Sunday.