September 29th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted 146-78 in favor of a $250,000 bond issue that will pay for final design and engineering work for a proposed major overhaul of the Seymour Street and East Middlebury fire stations.
Tuesday’s successful vote was a precursor to what will be a final, $4.625 million bond referendum for the project, which would result in a new fire station in East Middlebury and a substantial expansion/renovation of the department’s Seymour Street headquarters.
VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes has been awarded a federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant worth $133,313 that will fund a sixth full-time member of the city’s police department for the next three years.
City Manager Mel Hawley said a condition of the grant is that Vergennes must agree to retain the position for at least one more year, meaning that the city force will expand for at least four years.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School senior Ben Parsons said something unusual happened this past Wednesday, Sept. 21.
“The students in my morning meeting don’t stop talking for very long,” Parsons said. “They stopped talking while they watched the video.”
MIDDLEBURY — After six years at the helm of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Jan Albers is ready to write the next chapter in her professional life.
Albers confirmed on Tuesday that she will be stepping down as executive director of the Sheldon — the repository of some of Addison County’s most treasured historical documents — effective this Friday, Sept. 30.
“The average stay for a museum director is five years, and I have been here for six,” Albers said with a smile.
MIDDLEBURY — “I believe there is no greater challenge and opportunity to Vermont and our world than the challenge to change the way we use and produce energy,” wrote Gov. Peter Shumlin in the first sentence of the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan draft.
When Shumlin appointed Elizabeth Miller to be commissioner of the Department of Public Service (DPS) early this year, she was charged with the task of overseeing the development and completion of a new comprehensive energy plan by the end of 2011 — the first update to the energy plan since 1998.
MIDDLEBURY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will wrap up a three-day stop in Middlebury at 6 p.m. Thursday. The FEMA team set up shop at VFW Post 7823 off of Exchange Street, helping Addison County residents to register with FEMA and find assistance for damage from the recent flooding.
BRISTOL — Residents of the Bristol Police District on Monday voted to move their annual meeting from its traditional May date to instead coincide with the March town meeting.
The change also means that voters will be moving from a meeting format where they can debate and change the proposed annual budget on the floor to one where the budget is warned and voted up or down by Australian ballot without the opportunity to tweak it at the meeting.
LINCOLN — Bestselling author Chris Bohjalian of Lincoln always goes to great lengths in researching background for his books, whether it be midwifery, domestic violence or interracial adoption.