September 11th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — Vermont Electric Power Co. has agreed to pay a total of about $200,000 to five Vermont towns — including Ferrisburgh, New Haven and Vergennes — to make up for property tax revenue those towns have lost since 2009 due to a what a VELCO official called a “miscalculation” on how it assessed property in those five towns and Shelburne.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) officials fondly refer to the Trail Around Middlebury as the town’s “emerald necklace.”
BRISTOL — A spirited debate about a new playground on the town green has sprung up between residents in the past several weeks. Some described the not-yet-completed playground as an eyesore, while others chimed in to defend the months of hard work of playground organizers.
The discussion began with a series of posts on Front Porch Forum both criticizing and praising the playground project.
“The new playground is the ugliest thing I have ever seen,” wrote Scott and Stacie Ayotte on Aug. 29.
MIDDLEBURY — The 2014 Middlebury Arts Walk season continues with the season’s fifth, and second to last, event taking place on Friday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Middlebury Arts Walk is a free event (for artists, venues, and attendees) and is held the second Friday of the month from May to October. In many cases the art is on display all month long.
Several new exhibits/shows celebrate will host opening receptions on Sept. 12:
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s shire town has long been home to the Trail Around Middlebury, a popular hiking amenity.
Middlebury is now home to another trail — though it’s just for adults who are keen on exercising their palates, rather than their legs.
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library and Storymatters, a community storytelling group, announce a free interactive workshop to be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Ilsley Public Library. This workshop is aimed at both those interested in storytelling and those interested in positive social change in the local community.
One of the good ideas that had been included in the preliminary architectural proposals for a newly constructed municipal building back in 2011 was incorporating a visitor’s center. The center would have served as the place in town for traveling guests to drop in, look through brochures and, hopefully, talk to someone about the highlights of things to do and see in the area. It is standard fare in most tourist destination areas throughout the U.S., Europe, and much of the world.
SHOREHAM — Delicious foods, delightful bicycling and spectacular scenery are in store for all who participate in the seventh annual Tour de Farms. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, in Shoreham, the Tour de Farms offers a choice of two routes: a family-friendly 10-mile loop and a more challenging 30-mile loop. At frequent designated stops, family farmers will treat bicyclists to tasty samples of local foods such as apple cider and apples, maple walnuts and maple syrup, cheese, meatballs, potatoes, chicken and pork, baked goods and pies.