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August 25th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to form a subcommittee to review the track record of the town’s Office of Business Development & Innovation this fall and recommend potential changes to the initiative, currently slated for a five-year re-authorization by local voters next March.
NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days attendance dropped this year from typical numbers, and even further from 2015, which was a banner year.
About 27,000 people paid their way into the New Haven fairgrounds between Aug. 9 and 13, according to the Field Days business manager, about 10,000 fewer than 2015.
But Field Days board member Ken Button said although that drop-off appears dramatic, it was, while disappointing, not that far off from attendance in an average year.
Tonight’s opening night Festival screening is sold out—but tickets and passes are available for all other weekend programs. I’ve previously outlined a few film screening highlights, with the disclaimer that producer Lloyd Komesar and I believe that each of our programmed films has something potent to distinguish it from the nearly 400 films submitted. We like to think of audiences being able to make their own discoveries.
PANTON — A town-wide effort officially kicked off at Panton Town Hall on Tuesday morning that has the potential to help Panton’s farmers, business owners and roughly 700 residents save money on their power bills — and could make the rural lakeside town a statewide model of energy efficiency.
FERRISBURGH / CHARLOTTE — The fourth annual Diamond Island Regatta drew a record 30 boats on Saturday, Aug. 20, a nearly perfect day for sailing on Lake Champlain with sunshine and a brisk south wind. Again this year, the benefit race, sponsored by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina (PBM), helped raise more than $1,000 for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) in Ferrisburgh.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to creating a panel to look at local economic development (see story on Page 1A), the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to hire William P. Kernan of Waterbury to serve in the newly created position of Operations Director for the Middlebury Department of Public Works. Kernan is currently site manager for the soon-to-be-closed Moretown landfill and two related transfer stations.