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March 22nd, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — Spring is sprung!
While warm weather this weekend may have delighted most county residents, temperatures that pushed 60 degrees in parts of the region caused a bit of consternation from local sugarmakers, many of whom worried the warm spell could signal the end to a brief maple sugaring season this year.
ADDISON — For thousands of years the area of Lake Champlain where Vermont’s Chimney Point and New York’s Crown Point stretch toward each other has played a crucial role in history.
Now, the major find of what appears to be a 279-year-old French fort may help Vermont Division for Historic Preservation officials shine a brighter light on the Addison side of the lake.
BRISTOL — Students from Japan are working alongside their peers at Mount Abraham Union High School this week on an ambitious cultural and environmental exchange project investigating affordable “green” housing.
The exchange was arranged by the Shoreham-based foundation Green Across the Pacific (GATP), and is taking place this week at Mount Abe, Harwood Union High School, and at various events around the state.
The Japanese group is made up of 13 high school students, two university students, and six adults (including a mix of teachers and government officials).
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents continue to mourn the passing of one of their community’s most dedicated volunteers, Wilson MacIntire, whose many good works included establishment of municipal tennis courts and the ongoing renovation of Newton Academy.
“It is a big loss for the town of Shoreham,” said Deb Kelly, who with MacIntire spearheaded construction of the two outdoor tennis courts installed behind Shoreham Elementary School in 2007.
MacIntire, 75, died at his home on Main Street on March 14.
MIDDLEBURY — There’s an old saying that “money talks, but chocolate sings.” If that’s the case, folks this spring are likely to be beating a melodious path to downtown Middlebury and a new chocolate and coffee shop that will soon be served up by Stephanie and Andy Jackson.
“Middlebury Chocolates” is currently taking shape in the Holm building next to the Battell Bridge and Otter Creek Falls, in a portion of space formerly occupied by the Town Hall Theater administrative offices.
MIDDLEBURY — There was not an empty seat in the meeting room of the Ilsley Public Library on Tuesday night, and everyone in the room had something to say about horses.
It was the first meeting of the Equine Welfare Council, and veterinarians, farriers, horse owners and members of Vermont organizations dedicated to the humane treatment of animals had gathered from all over Addison County and as far away as Brattleboro and Chelsea.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team took what its players and coach believe is a major step forward with a 12-5 pummeling of visiting Wesleyan, which often rivals the Panthers for the NESCAC title.
In improving the 3-0, the Panthers continued to play stingy defense — they have just allowed 16 goals so far in this young season — and get outstanding work from junior goalie Ryan Deane (14 saves vs. the 3-3 Cardinals).
BRIDPORT/BRANDON — Administrators at Bridport Central School and Otter Valley Union High School breathed a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday after the Vermont Department of Education removed the schools from a list of Vermont’s 10 persistently lowest achieving schools.
The schools were initially tagged for the list in a memo released last week, but state education officials on Tuesday said “human error” meant that two of the identified schools — Bridport and OV — were mistakenly included.