January 5th, 2017
LINCOLN — A Vermont mountain town, a rushing river, a sleepwalking woman who vanishes into the night. For his 19th novel, Lincoln author Chris Bohjalian returns to his fictional setting of Bartlett, a village not unlike Lincoln, perched along a river not unlike the New Haven.
And in “The Sleepwalker,” which hits bookstore shelves next week, Bohjalian again mines the inexhaustible terrain of family secrets — the troubling layers deep beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary family life.
BRISTOL — GroSolar, project developer and contractor erecting the 4.99 megawatt Green Mountain Power solar array in Panton, is proposing another large solar energy project in Addison County — this time in Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — Local police, fire and rescue agencies that receive free emergency dispatching through the Vermont State Police might soon have to pony up some funds to continue receiving that service — an added expense that could strain some already tight budgets.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin this past Saturday announced that he had pardoned the son of a former female candidate for vice president — a man who was busted for selling drugs while a Middlebury College student three decades ago.
MIDDLEBURY — When the fluffy, soft white stuff starts flying, what’s the first thing you think? Some of us heave a sigh and think of all the shoveling; others bunker down for a long winter of knitting and books. But for a certain group of “bums,” snow in the air is pure joy.
MIDDLEBURY — “Pickleball.”
The name is comical, but the sport’s growing number of players are super-serious about an activity that is taking Middlebury’s new recreation facility by storm.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) administrators on Dec. 28 presented a $21.59 million draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year, the first year that all four district schools will operate under one board and one spending plan.
If approved as is, Superintendent JoAn Canning said that plan would boost spending over the current level — the combined total of this year’s combined Vergennes Union high and elementary schools and Addison and Ferrisburgh Central schools, including central office expenses — by 3.97 percent.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents interested in running for the two new seats added to the selectboard are encouraged to pursue their candidacies now.
Candidates must get a petition from the town office, obtain 14 signatures (1 percent of the 1,356 votes on the town’s checklist), fill out a consent form and return the signed petition and form to Town Clerk Cheryl Estey by Jan. 30.