July 4th, 2011
NEW HAVEN — The gymnasium in the New Haven Town Hall will be closed for energy efficiency renovations from July 5 until the start of the school year.
The Mary Johnson summer children’s program that runs throughout the summer will not be interrupted, town officials said, but indoor basketball players will be forced to venture outdoors.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and former town fire chief Bob Jenkins, still an active officer of the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department, recently decided to step down from the selectboard.
Jenkins’ letter of resignation simply cites “personal reasons.” On Thursday, he said he enjoyed many aspects of his service on the board, but preferred to devote his time and energy to the fire department.
“I can get back to my firefighting, and that’s my life, anyway,” Jenkins said.
VERGENNES — The Bixby Memorial Library board of trustees has chosen longtime Addison Independent advertising manager and Addison resident Jane Spencer to fill its newly created position of library director.
After 31 years at the Independent, 28 leading its advertising department, Spencer will officially assume her new job on Aug. 29, said Bixby board of trustees president Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm.
Leave it to the biggest show boaters in professional sports to steal the sports headlines even in their off-season.
The NFL lockout is the most disheartening sports story of the last decade — and possibly the previous one as well. Worse than “(insert star college athlete) receives (insert inappropriate side benefit)” scandals. Worse than officials accepting bribes to tip games. Worse than steroids.
Why? Because it’s never been so blatantly obvious that we, the fans, have been completely forgotten.
MIDDLEBURY — State and local health care administrators are studying the possibility of opening a methadone clinic in Middlebury, a plan that has some local officials concerned about the prospect of such a service producing a spike in drug-related crime in Addison County’s shire town.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine. It is used as pain reliever, but also as part of a treatment plan to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team rode one dominant pitching performance and one solid one to a Sunday doubleheader sweep of Orleans-Essex-Caledonia, 2-0 and 8-3, on the Middlebury College diamond.
The two wins made it three straight for AC and moved the local nine over .500 in the Northern Division at 3-2; AC is 3-4 overall after dropping four competitive games to open its season.
Vermont ratepayers are sitting in the bleachers in terms of the pending negotiations that will determine who will own Central Vermont Public Service, even though they have the most to win or lose in the transaction. But even fans in the bleachers have a voice that can be heard as long as Vermont businesses and residents pay attention to what’s going on at the plate.
On Friday evening, I sat glued to the action in the Senate chambers a hundred miles away in Albany, N.Y.
No, wait. I was actually in my living room at home, with “Arrested Development” playing on the TV, the shouts of kids running up and down the street wafting in the open window.
But if my surroundings were serene, the Twitter stream coming in over the phone in my hand was anything but.