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May 27th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — From a respectful color guard marching in Hancock to a two-mile-long extravaganza in Vergennes, local parades will run the gamut this Memorial Day weekend.
And, as befits a holiday established to recognize Americans’ forbearers who gave their lives in service to the country, there will also be plenty of men and women in uniform and expressions of thanks for their service.
MIDDLEBURY — Two area nonprofits, a local art gallery and the former “first family” of Middlebury College are teaming up to establish a new charity that will help Addison County better react to future human services crises.
It’s called the “Addison County Funders’ Collaborative for Emerging Needs” and will be managed by the United Way of Addison County (UWAC) and the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), in recognition of the many philanthropic endeavors of John and Bonnie McCardell.
BRISTOL — In a heated meeting of the Bristol selectboard on Monday night, residents on both sides of a contentious gravel pit debate pressed selectmen to make their opinion known as the proposed Lathrop gravel pit heads toward an Act 250 hearing in late June.
In the end, selectboard members voiced their personal opinions about the proposed pit that has divided residents of the town for more than a half-decade, but left the meeting uncertain about how best to weigh in as an official party in the upcoming hearing.
GRANVILLE — If all goes according to plan, Granville will have a center that serves as a meeting space and a haven for historical research and computer access within five years.
This Memorial Day weekend, the board of directors of the Corner School Resource Center of Granville, or CSRC, will hold its second annual town-wide yard sale and barbecue at the Town Hall, in order to raise funds for the renovation of one of the town’s older one-room schoolhouses.
PANTON — A case involving Panton and the owners of the Vorsteveld Farm made its first appearance in Environmental court on May 24.
The Panton Development Review Board in February voted to pursue a case against the farm because one of its feed bunkers was built in the town’s Jersey Street right-of-way. Selectmen later voted to back the DRB in the case.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen met on Monday evening with other officials and members of the town’s historical society to begin talking about the future of the town-owned Union Meeting Hall, which sits on Route 7 at its intersection with Middlebrook Road.
The building is showing its age, and selectmen are wrestling with the cost of maintaining it, which is not covered by the rent paid by a church that uses it for weekly worship and other meetings.
MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday morning, 570 newly minted Middlebury College graduates threw their mortarboards into the clear blue sky.
By all accounts, the graduates, degrees in hand, were passing on into a very slow economy. They were joining the estimated 1.6 million students in the country graduating this year with a bachelor’s degree. Most of them are looking for jobs.
But signs indicate that the job market, at least in many fields, is picking up, according to Jaye Roseborough, executive director of the college’s career services.
BRISTOL — In addition to discussing the proposed Lathrop gravel pit, Bristol selectmen at their meeting on Monday took several other actions. These included:
• Approved budgets for the town’s water and sewer districts. Rate increases for the coming year are not anticipated for either utility, and the two budgets are supported by user fees and not taxpayer dollars.