August 20th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — After narrowing a field of more than 300 film submissions down to 95 final selections; arranging space in 10 local establishments for events and discussions; planning a party with two bands, food and drink on the Middlebury town green; and nailing down all of the little details, organizers are just about ready to invite the world to Addison County’s shire town next week for the inaugural Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF).
MIDDLEBURY — It was far from the Father’s Day gift that Middlebury resident Jeffrey Schnoor had been expecting.
While other dads were engaged in fun family activities back on June 21, Schnoor and his wife, Leilani, were frantically dealing with a major household disaster wrought by thousands of gallons of nasty sewer water that suddenly spewed from the first-floor toilet of their North Pleasant Street home.
CORNWALL — Cornwall officials will soon draft an interim zoning bylaw prescribing some local standards for the siting of solar projects within the community.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents will vote next Tuesday on joining the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. Voting will be by Australian ballot, and the polls at Holley Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug 25.
Voters will face two questions. First, should Bristol join the Addison County Solid Waste Management District, which manages the garbage transfer station in Middlebury and other solid waste issues for all of the county except Bristol and Salisbury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously approved the hiring of Jennifer Murray, a senior conservation planner for the town of Williston, as Middlebury’s new director of planning and zoning. She will officially begin her duties on Aug. 31.
Murray has more than 15 years of experience as an environmental project manager and planner, both in Vermont and in rural upstate New York. In her cover letter, Murray professed particular interest in “community development in small rural towns.”
VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes announces an exhibition of new works by Ripton artist and teacher Jean Cherouny. The show, titled simply “OPEN,” begins on Friday, Aug. 28, with a reception, demonstration and chances for audience participation. All are invited to the opening, from 5-7 p.m, part of Vergennes’ monthly summer Arts Walk. Just drop in, or plan to view the entire five-act performance.
MIDDLEBURY — EastView at Middlebury will host a talk by writer/carver/painter Tim Brookes on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. In “Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word,” Brookes explores what the age of digital convergence, Twitter, and e-books means for the future of written language.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) announces a major milestone in its service history. Ridership tracking indicates ACTR will deliver its 2 millionth ride on Tuesday, Aug. 25. To thank riders, ACTR’s buses will operate fare-free that day and each Bus System and Dial-A-Ride passenger will receive a gift, while supplies last.