March 23rd, 2017
The economy’s doing well, you got the raise you’ve been hoping for, investments are returning slightly more than they have for a while, and you’ve got some spare dollars heading into the spring.
How about a home improvement project?
But before you get started, set aside some time to really plan the project.
What to choose, why to choose it and when you get started are important considerations with any improvement project, so before picking up the shovel or heading off to the hardware store, ask yourself a few basic questions.
SHOREHAM — In 2015 I decided that the time had come to return to my native state and buy a house in Vermont after 30 years away.
We found the ideal place on Smith Street in Shoreham in a big, old farmhouse built by one of Ethan Allen’s boys in 1791 and expanded over the years into a sprawling monster. The heating bills were crazy. But I heard about the Heat Squad and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont from the friendly folks at Green Mountain Power and invited them in.
MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting on Tuesday Members heard a presentation about a proposal to repair and expand Ilsley Library (see Page 1A), wrote a letter defending their plan for dealing with downtown railroad bridges, and elected leadership.
In other business, the selectboard:
ADDISON — The quarterly meeting of the Addison Town Historical Society will be held Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. at the Addison Fire Station located at 44 Route 17, just west of Addison Four Corners.
Cliff “Bucky” Douglas will talk about early post offices in Addison, how we went from four to none. Bucky will also share some of his collection of 19th and 20th century postal covers and perhaps some other observations. If you have related artifacts or memories, please bring them to share.
VERMONT — Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States and contributes significantly to the state’s economy. Vermont sugarmakers work tremendously hard to produce their top-quality maple syrup and will open their doors this Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, inviting the public into their sugarhouses to experience Vermont maple.
VERGENNES — On Saturday, March 25, the Ferrisburgh Children’s Theater cast of 27 students will present “The Snow White Variety Show,” by Brian D. Taylor at the Vergennes Union High School auditorium. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Production rights are courtesy of Pioneer Drama Services.
BRANDON — Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power and Northern swagger. The group performs at Brandon Music on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals), the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.