May 3rd, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury town officials are taking steps to close public land off Mill Street to overnight camping, in reaction to recent reports of people living along a popular trail bordering the Otter Creek.
At issue is a patch of town-owned land informally dubbed the “Happy Trail” that hugs the creek in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley said people walking the trail have noticed folks camping out for apparently lengthy stays.
MIDDLEBURY — Jamie Gaucher, director of the Middlebury Office of Business Development & Innovation, last week updated the Middlebury selectboard on economic development efforts in the shire town.
He reported, among other things, that a financing group based in North Carolina has asked for a financial estimate for a new Vermont Livestock headquarters in Middlebury’s industrial park.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard recently appointed citizens to a variety of town boards and commissions.
In the case of most boards and commissions, the number of applicants equaled the number of available positions. But there were five applicants for three available seats on the Middlebury Development Review Board, and the outcome of the selectboard’s vote at its April 28 meeting raised a few eyebrows.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board is asking Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters to mark their calendars for June 9, when the board expects to hold a vote on a third proposed FY 2016 spending plan for the school.
“The process of developing that new budget will be worked on over the next few weeks,” said board chair Dawn Griswold in a statement.
VERGENNES — Pacing the floor in paint-speckled slippers, Peter Fried leads a tour of his small gallery and studio. The narrow space, previously used as a shoe store, had high ceilings with a wide glass window facing Main Street in downtown Vergennes.
The scene in Fried’s space is that of creative activity just paused. Two pieces of crusty bread smeared with peanut butter sit next to partially completed drawings, a pair of easels stand idle at opposing ends of the room and all around him, the white walls are covered with samples of his work.
MIDDLEBURY — In considering the findings of a Vermont Agency of Transportation study that measured the popularity of bike corridors, the Addison County cyclists who came to a hearing last Thursday evening found the results less than convincing.
MONTPELIER — You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard. Or perhaps you’ve noticed salamanders crawling over rocks in a nearby stream. The arrival of spring brings the return of reptiles and amphibians to the Vermont landscape.
The frog calls you hear each spring are part of the animals’ breeding behavior, according to zoologist Mark Ferguson with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Editor’s note: This piece was contributed by University of Vermont Extension Professor Leonard Perry.