April 11th, 2011
NEW HAVEN — When a group of churchgoers met at the United Reformed Church of New Haven on Feb. 1, they discovered that kerosene had sullied their place of worship. Approximately 800 gallons of the fuel burst from a storage tank in the church’s attic, dousing rooms in thick, toxic petroleum, and shutting the building down for services.
Two months later they are still dealing with the spill.
NEW YORK — A team of 97 Mount Abraham Union High School students rocked a nationwide music competition in New York City early this month, achieving top awards. Mount Abraham was the only school representing Vermont in the New York Heritage Music Festival, which drew 13 schools from states as far away as Virginia, Texas and California.
MIDDLEBURY — Waterfront Video in May will end what has been a 13-year run in Middlebury’s Marble Works complex.
Waterfront Manager Adrienne Perry cited building issues and a changing movie rental industry as the primary reasons for the business’s decision to vacate the roughly 2,200-square-foot spot it has been occupying since the summer of 1998.
Waterfront will continue to operate its flagship store in Burlington.
The Bristol Planning Commission’s 4-3 vote last Tuesday to temporarily allow gravel extraction in the town’s conservation districts is a slap in the face of town voters who, just four weeks previously on Town Meeting Day had rejected gravel extraction in conservation districts by 69 percent to 31 percent. That’s no small margin, and yet four members voted to reject that public sentiment based on seriously flawed reasoning.
Editor’s note: Our guest columnist this week, Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi, teaches Italian at Middlebury College and sits on the board of directors of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op. Hailing from Italy, where the Slow Food Movement originated, Ilaria cooks with her family and friends.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday praised lawmakers for supporting a 2011 legislative agenda he predicted will lift the state to economy to heights unseen since the tech boom of the 1990s.
“I am really proud of the work that the Legislature has done,” Shumlin said at the weekly Legislative Breakfast held at the Middlebury American Legion. “We are united in what the challenge has been.”