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August 1st, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Whether they’re charting images of the Virgin of Guadalupe through the past five centuries, calculating water circulation in Lake Champlain’s Malletts Bay or creating new algorithms for faster image matching, many Middlebury College students have spent their summer vacations right here in Addison County gaining valuable research experience.
SALISBURY — Longtime Cornwall School Board member Junius Calitri and his wife, Klara Calitri, a well-known artist, were both seriously injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of West Salisbury Road and Route 7 in Salisbury last Thursday evening. On Friday they were both in the hospital recovering.
PANTON — Panton selectmen at a Thursday special meeting adopted a 2011-2012 tax rate and set a Sept. 7 special meeting at which residents can decide the fate of Panton Town Hall’s leaky cupola.
The town’s new municipal tax rate is 64.51 cents, an increase of almost 12 cents from the 2010-11 rate of 52.70.
VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley pointed out to Vergennes aldermen at their July 26 meeting that an unprecedented number of grant-funded efforts are either just concluding, getting under way, or beginning soon in Vergennes.
One is all but finished, the latest in a series of efforts to build handicap-access platforms and repair sidewalks on Main Street. The new platform curls around the building at the intersection of Main and Green streets that contains Addison Outfitters, Linda’s Apparel and Gifts, Shear Cuts and Hollyhocks.
LEICESTER — In late August, Country Village Campground is offering an unbeatable deal: a free camping weekend open to military families, with everything from meals to activities included.
Chris Herriman, who owns the Route 7 campground with her husband, John, said the family hit on the idea to host the special camping event in 2007, just before a large wave of deployments to Iraq.
The 2011 Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival drew crowds of people to Shelburne Farms last Sunday, July 24. We were there to check in with the many Addison County producers, and (of course!) to enjoy the food.
Many thanks to Nate Gusakov of Lincoln, Vt. for providing the music. The song is "Bellingham" from his upcoming album, "Running Clear."
Yesterday the wind blew hot and surly across the tall field grasses. Today the high dog days of midsummer have pooled around my feet. It is still but for the drone of heat-loving insects and the intermittent warning of a robin, the hissing of a house wren, the drink-your-tea-tea-tea call of the Eastern towhee.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department’s quest to upgrade its two fire stations passed two major hurdles early this week, as the town’s development review board gave a thumbs-up to the $4.875 million plan and the selectboard set Sept. 27 as the first of two community-wide votes on the project.
The project, if ultimately approved by voters on Town Meeting Day, would add 8,100 square feet of space onto the southern end of the Seymour Street fire station, in the form of a single-story, four-bay addition.