September 5th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — It was just two years ago that Yankee magazine heralded Addison County for providing the best road biking experience in New England. It’s an accolade that comes as no surprise to local cyclists, who now want the rest of the world to come see what it has been missing.
To that end, local organizers are busy planning a major, annual cycling event that could draw thousands of people to Addison County to bike, shop and eat … and perhaps some day relocate their households and businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s ongoing effort to spruce up the Otter Creek riverfront has received another shot in the arm. The selectboard has agreed to acquire the deteriorating, historic powerhouse structure at the north end of the falls for the purpose of conserving it.
MIDDLEBURY — When a town the size of Middlebury schedules a “community celebration,” organizers have good cause to be ecstatic if 5 percent of the total 8,180 residents show up.
When the town of Whiting organizes a community shindig, chances are decent all 400 residents will be able to make an appearance. And since a town only fetes its 250th birthday once, planners of Whiting’s birthday bash are hoping to see all of their neighbors this Saturday, Sept. 7, for a variety of events for what promises to be a spirited semiquincentennial bash.
VERGENNES — The award of $237,500 in historic preservation and tax credits to the proposed $3 million renovation of the prominent — but long vacant — Shade Roller Mill and Annex buildings near the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes should move that long-delayed project forward, the property owner said, but almost certainly not until 2014.
BRANDON — One week after a fire destroyed all they own, the Mahoney family of Brandon is staying upbeat, grateful to their community, and grateful for their lives.
“It’s humbling,” Mike Mahoney said in a phone interview Monday. “It’s been hard, but we just want to thank the community and the outlying area. Everyone’s just been wonderful.”
BRANDON — Robin Bennett has signed a three-year contract as Brandon’s new town manager and will start work Sept. 9.
The move comes five months after Brandon was left without a town manager when Keith Arlund resigned with two weeks’ notice after seven years on the job.
ADDISON COUNTY — Award-winning Vermont director Jay Craven will present his new film, “Northern Borders,” at special screenings, Friday, Sept. 6, at the Brandon Town Hall; Friday, Sept. 13, at the Vergennes Opera House; Saturday, Sept. 14, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater; and Sunday, Sept. 15, at Holley Hall in Bristol. Show times are 7:30 p.m. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher.
MIDDLEBURY — Bruce Zeman and Hobbes, his trusty dachshund sidekick, made their final sign-off on the Middlebury-based radio station 92.1 WVTK-FM this past Friday, Aug. 30.
The duo became very popular with their morning show, “Wake-Up Crew with Bruce and Hobbes,” featuring in part interviews with local public officials, civic leaders and entertainers. Hobbes, a rescued dog, was Zeman’s constant companion at the station and on remote broadcasts and public appearances.