July 28th, 2011
VERMONT — Soaring temperatures swept across New England last week scorching Addison County, Vermont and the entire six-state region.
While thermometers were reporting temperatures way above normal, other meters also gave unusually high readings: Electricity demand in the region was just shy of record.
PANTON — Panton selectmen on Tuesday called for a special meeting on this Thursday, the 28th, at which they expect to set the town’s 2011-12 tax rate and hope to set a date for another special meeting — that one a town-wide gathering to decide the fate of the cupola atop Panton Town Hall.
The tax rate might be an easier issue at the Thursday meeting set to begin at 7 p.m., although the result could be a bit painful, said selectboard chairman John Viskup.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body of a Ferrisburgh man from Lake Champlain on Tuesday afternoon, concluding a three-day search for the drowning victim.
Vermont State Police said at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday Rene Viau, a 46-year-old married father of two and employee of Vermont Heating and Ventilation in Winooski, was riding in the bow of a 16-foot aluminum boat near Kellogg and Porter bays when he fell out and did not resurface.
MIDDLEBURY — The Rev. Elisabeth Smith’s lengthy pastoral career has taken her to churches stretching from South Carolina to Massachusetts.
She is now preaching the Gospel in Vermont, as the new pastor at the Middlebury United Methodist Church (MUMC).
Smith, 50, officially began her new duties July 3. She replaces the Rev. Jill Colley Robinson, who recently took over leadership of the Lebanon (N.H.) United Methodist Church after eight years with the MUMC.
BRISTOL — Downtown Bristol has been a state Designated Downtown district since 2006. Every five years, the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership is required to apply for a renewal of the town’s designation.
On Monday, before the Bristol selectboard’s meeting, Bristol Town Administrator Bill Bryant and Carol Wells, director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership (BDCP) and a selectboard member, made the trek to Montpelier to defend Bristol’s downtown title for the first time.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County firefighters proved not only stellar hosts for the 2011 Vermont State Firefighters Association (VSFA) annual convention this past weekend, they also took a majority of statewide awards conferred this year by the organization.
Five area firefighters — three from Bristol and two from Middlebury — were called to the stage at the VSFA’s annual awards ceremony held at the Middlebury American Legion Hall on Saturday, July 23.
Three Middlebury Union High School graduates returned to town to play with their band, Chamberlin, at Middlebury's Festival on-the-Green on July 11.
BRISTOL — For hundreds of years, Vermont has been a name known regionally, nationally and even internationally for its food products — butter, cheese, milk, maple syrup and apples. But out-of-state residents couldn’t get their groceries directly from Vermont.
Now that’s changing with the help of businesses like Bristol’s Graze, which delivers farm-fresh food from Vermont to homes in Massachusetts and Connecticut.