September 15th, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To Ripton resident Bill McKibben, the best measure of success in the two-week Tar Sands Action protest in front of the White House was the 1,253 arrests of protesters.
People concerned about global climate change flocked to the Washington, D.C., from across the nation for a two-week protest that drew to an end Sept. 3, with 243 arrests happening on that final day, according to tarsandsaction.org.
BRISTOL — After two lengthy Bristol Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) meetings, the future permitting of the mixed-use residential park deemed Bristol Works remains up in the air.
Owners of the property at the corner of Bristol’s Munsill Avenue and Pine Street plan to use the 5.5-acre site to host a range of uses, including office space for the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, a prospective health center, and manufacturing space for energy technology and value-added food products.
MIDDLEBURY — Graphic designer and self-employed businesswoman Elizabeth J. Bartlett is set to assume the mantle of the Better Middlebury Partnership’s marketing director with high energy, new ideas and a growing love of the Middlebury area.
MIDDLEBURY — The closing of Middlebury’s Bakery Lane at its northern entrance (fronting Main Street), which was due to begin Monday, Sept. 12, has been put off, probably until next spring.
The imminent closure of the downtown street to accommodate repairs to the brick façade of the Dyer Block was announced last Friday. Middlebury Development Review Board Administrator Ted Dunakin that day said the town was happy to hear that building owner Peter Jette would fix the brickwork for safety reasons.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents are being given a chance to see a sneak preview of the new Public Service Broadcasting documentary “Prohibition,” the latest work by filmmaker Ken Burns, whose previous efforts include multi-part series on the Civil War, baseball and jazz.
CORNWALL — Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC) is ready to break ground on the town of Cornwall’s first-ever affordable housing subdivision, a project off DeLong Road that will eventually accommodate four families.
“There will be a lot of busy activity down (at the project site), hopefully within the next couple of weeks,” said Bruce Byers, who co-chairs the HHAC’s capital campaign with fellow board member William Biederman.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School student Emily Anderson has plenty of time to choose a career path. But it would be no stretch to say she would have a bright future in engineering.
Anderson was one of four MUHS students to win top honors at this summer’s Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) Engineering Institute, an annual, week-long educational program hosted by the University of Vermont. Three Mount Abraham Union High School students also earned first-place awards at the institute, held at the end of July in Burlington.
BURLINGTON — Brandon’s historic downtown is more or less intact despite the massive Aug. 28 flood, but there are historic villages across Vermont that have been irreparably damaged, like those in Wilmington and Waterbury.
“Wilmington’s downtown was decimated,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “There are storefronts, one after another, that just aren’t there anymore.”