June 23rd, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — At its volunteer training session in March, Addison County River Watch Collaborative had a standing-room-only crowd of eager water samplers, and, since then, one morning per month those volunteers from many Addison County communities have been venturing out to collect bottles of water from area streams. This year the river monitoring collaborative established several new sampling sites on the upper Middlebury River in Ripton, and also is still monitoring five other rivers in the county, an ongoing effort designed to tease out trends in water quality.
SHOREHAM — Vermont Gas Systems and the Shoreham selectboard announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding related to the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, a natural gas pipeline that would run through the town.
The agreement sets conditions about how and where the natural gas transmission line can be built and mandates emergency training and safety measures.
MIDDLEBURY — The Morsman family of Weybridge has been going to the Sheldon Museum’s annual Pops Concert for several years, always enjoying the music and camaraderie of the evening.
“There’s really no other place where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic with your family, catch up with your community, enjoy wonderful music, and view fireworks,” said Amy Morsman, a mother of two children, ages eight and 10.
BRISTOL — It was two years ago that Bristol-based artist Stephanie Larsen came up with an idea for a “Shine A Light” fundraiser to enlighten the Addison County community about domestic violence and sexual abuse. Local artists decorated lamps that were auctioned off to generate money for abuse-awareness programs.
MONKTON — Monkton Central School students will see a new principal walking the halls next year.
The Monkton School Board on June 12 voted unanimously to appoint Betsy Knox as interim principal. Current principal Susan Stewart is taking a one-year unpaid leave.
Knox earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York and is licensed in Vermont as an elementary school English and language arts specialist.
MIDDLEBURY — A drug testing company will soon move into a 1,200-square-foot vacancy in the Star Mill building in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow district.
The company is called Burlington Labs, a Burlington-based company that performs urinalysis and oral fluid testing to screen for around 25 different drugs, including opiates, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, alcohol and barbiturates.
MONKTON — They say the sequel is never as good as the original, but that’s for Monkton residents affected by the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project to decide after they meet with representatives from the Department of Public Service Thursday evening.
BRISTOL — Organizers of Bristol’s sixth annual Pocock Rocks festival say this Saturday’s event should be a blast.
“We’ve got great food, music on two stages, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Kate Selby, executive director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership.