March 10th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — As he closes in on one year as Middlebury’s first-ever business development director, Jamie Gaucher is pursuing some promising leads that he hopes will culminate in a substantial new manufacturing facility in the town’s industrial park and an incubator space at the local airport for emerging new companies developing value-added agricultural products.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite a delay in the implementation of a biomethane digester, Middlebury College’s sustainability director said the school is well on its way to reaching its goal of becoming completely carbon-neutral by 2016.
“I’m fairly optimistic we can get there,” said Jack Byrne, director of the college’s Office of Sustainability.
MONKTON — Dozens of Monkton residents whose land Vermont Gas Systems is seeking for a natural gas pipeline attended a meeting hosted by two officials from the Department of Public Service and Sen. Christopher Bray, to help landowners negotiate right-of-way easements with the utility company.
The meeting, held Thursday evening at the Monkton firehouse, featured Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia and DPS General Counsel Louise Porter.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were working out of their new 4,611-square-foot police station at 8 Main St. as of early last week, and they and city officials said they were thrilled with the all-but-finished product.
“It’s something everyone in Vergennes should be proud of,” said Police Chief George Merkel. “These guys are truly excited. It’s raised morale through the roof.”
BRISTOL — Fourteen-year-old Emily Aldrich of Bristol was looking for a front-row seat to observe the legislative process. The Mount Abraham Union Middle School eighth-grader found it when she recently was selected for the page program run by the Vermont Legislature.
MIDDLEBURY — The Ben Franklin store on Main Street could soon be home to a frozen yogurt franchise.
Andy Li, co-owner/partner of Ben Franklin, has applied for permission to install a “Yogurt City” within a 665-square-foot portion of the store.
Yogurt City bills itself as a “franchised and growing chain of self-serve healthy yogurt stores” with more than 60 locations located primarily on the East Coast.
ADDISON — Addison town and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials last week confirmed that write-in candidate Laurie Childers did in fact win enough votes on Town Meeting Day to become the town’s representative on the Vergennes Union High School board.
MIDDLEBURY — To say that the Rev. Stephanie Allen has had a busy week would be an understatement of Biblical proportions.
During that brief timeframe, Allen drove from Cleveland to Addison County, closed on a house in the town of Addison and delivered a sermon as the first-ever female pastor of the 110-year-old Memorial Baptist Church of Middlebury.
“It was a smooth transition,” Allen said with a smile on Thursday as she took a quick breather on what was only her sixth day as a Vermonter.