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October 28th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — On Oct. 7 a group of important figures in Vermont’s education system — including education commissioner Armando Vilaseca — gathered at the Middlebury Inn to discuss career and technical programs and the role that philanthropic organizations can play in these programs.
In attendance were representatives of charitable organizations and individual donors, legislators and career and technical program administrators, all there to take a look at the current state of vocational education and what philanthropic institutions can do to help those programs expand their offerings.
LINCOLN — Once again, the Chase Purinton Monument on Quaker Street in Lincoln looks picture-perfect for all of its leaf-peeping admirers.
The foundation of the 107-year-old monument was crumbling and in need of repair earlier this year when Pete Mikkelsen, the owner of the former Chase Purinton farmstead, decided it was time to take action. The two old millstones inscribed with words commemorating the first Lincoln town meeting held on the spot, were lifted and a new concrete base was created for them.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen are asking residents on Tuesday to back their proposed purchase of a property adjacent to the town office building.
Selectmen this summer struck a $150,000 deal — subject to voter approval on Nov. 2 — with homeowners Donald and Patience Sisters for their home and 2 acres. That property sits south of the Grange Hall that serves as Ferrisburgh’s town office building and community meeting center; that building rests on 1 acre.
The following six questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House and Senate.
The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.
Election Day is Nov. 2.
MIDDLEBURY — Shoreham voters on Dec. 7 will be asked to pick their favorite from among three options for upgrading their undersized municipal offices.
Those options, confirmed by the Shoreham selectboard, include building a new, 2,000-square-foot municipal office building on the village green; erecting a more elaborate, two-story structure at the site of the former Newton Academy on School Street; or rejecting both of those options, thereby placing the issue back on the selectboard’s drawing board.
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Brewing is seeking the town of Middlebury’s approval to establish a 90-seat, pub-style restaurant and visitors’ center within its brewery at 85 Exchange St.
Brewery officials stressed the new service will have limited hours, a limited menu and should not eat into — but rather, enhance — the economic fortunes of restaurants and shops in downtown Middlebury.
“We know we are good at making beer; we are not looking to show we are culinary experts,” said Otter Creek Brewery brewmaster Mike Gerhart.
WINDSOR — The No. 11 Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team upset No. 6 Springfield in a first-round playoff game on Wednesday, 1-0, and will host a Division II quarterfinal on Saturday against No. 14 Fair Haven.
The playoff victory for the MUHS girls’ program is the first since at least the early 1990s.
BURLINGTON — The No. 6 Middlebury Union High School field hockey team knocked off No. 11 Burlington, 2-0, on Wednesday in a first-round Division I playoff game. The contest was played on Burlington’s artificial turf field because the Tigers’ home surface was too wet.
Sara Higgins scored about three minutes into the game, converting a Katie Ritter feed to give the Tigers the lead. Later in the half, Ritter made it 2-0 with an assist from Tiffany Audet.
Tiger goalies Heather Ploof (seven saves) and Anjelica Swinhart (three saves) teamed up for the shutout against the 0-15 Seahorses.