March 3rd, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Champlain Valley business owners spoke out against the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project at a press conference this past Tuesday at the Vermont Soap Works factory in Middlebury.
The speakers, led by Vermont Soap CEO Larry Plesant, urged businesses in Addison County not to use natural gas when it arrives here, possibly in 2014. The press conference was organized by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), a lobbying firm that opposes the pipeline.
MIDDLEBURY — Bret Williams has dutifully “tended bar” at the helm of the Vermont Hard Cider Co. (VHC) for more than a decade.
Now, after taking the company from the brink of bankruptcy to its current status as the second-largest hard cider producer in the world, Williams is ready for his “last call.”
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Construction crews are mobilizing heavy equipment for the upcoming replacement of the Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury, a project that contractors said will impose some short-term pain for neighbors and travelers in order to generate a finished product in a shorter period of time.
MIDDLEBURY — A town-gown agreement that will lead to removal of the Lazarus building at 20 Main St. and the potential development of land off Bakery Lane in downtown Middlebury is receiving praise from municipal officials and Middlebury College leaders.
VERGENNES — The new Vergennes Police Department headquarters should be up and running by the end of this week, according to Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley.
Movers were already installing furniture last week. The last remaining hurdles are a certificate of occupancy that Hawley expects state officials to award Vergennes on Wednesday, and the move of the department’s phone and computer systems along Main Street from City Hall to the new site near Kennedy Brothers and Kayhart Crossing.
BARRE — The top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday defeated No. 2 Fair Haven, 43-30, to win the Division II girls’ basketball title in front of a capacity crowd in the Barre Municipal Auditorium.
The victory earned the 18-4 Eagles’ their second straight D-II title in their fourth consecutive state final appearance.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team is heading to the Division II final, and the top-seeded, 17-5 Tigers are going there as winners of 15 of their past 16 games and owners of a 16-1 record against D-II competition.
Their 17th win came in Saturday’s semifinal against No. 5 Northfield, 2-0, and it avenged their only D-II setback, 4-2 at home in December.
MIDDLEBURY — It took until 1:22 of Saturday’s second overtime at the Memorial Sports Center, but the top-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team earned its berth in the Division II final with a 2-1 win over No. 4 Stowe.
That’s when Tiger senior forward Sara Boe cashed in the 55th MUHS shot of the game, 53 of which Raider goalie Danielle Mayo turned aside.