July 11th, 2011
VERGENNES — Vergennes teens looking to keep their brains active during the summer months without missing out on fun and games need look no further than the Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program now taking place at Vergennes Union High School.
SAIL is a summer enrichment program that offers numerous classes designed to be both educational and exciting for students from 7th to 11th grade.
BRISTOL — After five months of heavy editing, the Bristol Planning Commission has released a new draft of the town plan for the first time since it took a public poll on Town Meeting Day about gravel extraction, which found town sentiment solidly against language in the commission’s February 9 draft.
NEW HAVEN — Put on your best dancing shoes, save room for the pie-eating contest and get ready to learn some history at New Haven’s 250th birthday bash on Saturday July 16, 2011. Join friends, family, community members and local legislators on New Haven’s town green for a wide range of activities at this year’s town fair from 2 p.m. until the fire department barbecue at 5 p.m.
FERRISBURGH — Three Ferrisburgh residents have stepped forward offering to fill the seven-month balance of a term recently vacated by Selectman Bob Jenkins, who wants to devote more time to local fire department issues.
The Ferrisburgh selectboard will interview all three candidates on Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at the town offices. Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence anticipates she and her colleagues will select a candidate that evening, following the interviews.
ADDISON COUNTY — The severe thunderstorm that rolled through Vermont last Wednesday caused extensive damage, leaving 1,500 Addison County residents temporarily without power and toppling five utility poles.
Crews from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) worked around the clock to restore power to homes in Middlebury, East Middlebury and Weybridge, where the majority of the damage took place.
Christine Rivers of CVPS said the storm was highly localized, hitting certain areas extremely hard, but missing others entirely.
GRANVILLE — Since the 1960s, Granville’s tiny town office has been on a small plot of land with no running water.
Last Wednesday, Granville celebrated the grand opening of its renovated town hall and new town office, located in the town’s former schoolhouse. Town officials said Sen. Patrick Leahy was instrumental in landing the low-interest loans and grants that allowed them to complete the project, and though Leahy was in Washington at the time, Marcelle Leahy, his wife, spoke on his behalf at the ceremony on Route 100.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is more linguistically diverse than most countries for two months every summer, when the school’s signature language schools take over the campus. And while the number of students in Middlebury remains relatively stable each year, the program this year is continuing its recent trend of expansion — both in number of students and geographically.
MIDDLEBURY — The Frank Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury will be even busier than usual this week. No, officials aren’t anticipating a spike in legal cases; rather, they will be in the midst of a major reorganization of services within the 40,000-square-foot building.