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March 10th, 2011
FERRISBURGH — J.D. and Cheryl DeVos are no newcomers to the struggles of dairy farming. They took over the family farm in 1997 and began the three-year transition to organic milk production in 2005 in the hope that the guarantees of higher prices on the organic market would shelter their business from the volatility of the conventional milk market.
The famous “2011 March Blizzard” left me stranded away from home. Although my foolish attempt to go to work on Monday succeeded, and I arrived in time to teach two of my three morning classes, I was unable to get back home at the end of the day. I spent Monday night in town on a friend’s sofa. Tuesday I was back at work with a scheduled lunch meeting, and an exam to give, but no car.
GRANVILLE / HANCOCK — Not two years after Hancock and Granville shuttered their shared elementary school, school boards in both towns are facing yet another potential closure.
This time, it is the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union (WNwSU) that is mulling its options following a March 2010 vote by Bethel and Rochester residents to withdraw from the union.
VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 on Thursday will bestow its annual Community Service Award on a woman who was born in a Ferrisburgh farmhouse 67 years ago and now organizes a half-dozen annual events in Vergennes.
Marguerite Senecal, the daughter of French-speaking immigrants from Ontario, has worked for the past 10 years for the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, most recently with the title of information specialist.
SHOREHAM — Town meeting in Shoreham brought some kind tidings to boosters of the Platt Memorial Library.
In a rather spontaneous showing of generosity, townspeople at their annual gathering agreed to transfer $90,000 in Newton Academy fire insurance money to an expansion/renovation plan for the library that has set on the Shoreham green for more than 100 years.
That action, supported by voice vote, could allow for construction on the 1,600-square-foot addition to begin as soon as this fall, according to library trustees.
BRISTOL — The results of a poll taken among people who voted in Bristol on Town Meeting Day could point the town toward adoption of the first full update of the Bristol Town Plan in nearly a decade.
The Bristol Planning Commission’s two-question poll offered to voters as they left Holley Hall on Tuesday sought to determine residents’ sentiments regarding where to permit and where to prohibit gravel and sand extraction in town — the hottest issue debated during the years-long creation of a town plan update.
MIDDLEBURY — Some know him from the ski slopes, some know him from the pool, I met him at the ACTR bus stop downtown. Dressed in worn jeans, a brown jacket and a black ski mask pulled up over his entire face, Herb Gingrich was the typical Vermont skier, or so I thought.
Little did I know that beneath that ski mask was no common man; underneath those layers was a resilient hero.
MIDDLEBURY — Vergennes residents Danielle and Stephen Boyce are buying American Flatbread’s Middlebury location, and they have no plans to substantially shake up what has been a winning business recipe at the popular Marble Works-based restaurant.
Danielle Boyce has been manager of American Flatbread’s Middlebury location for the past five years.