July 2nd, 2015
BRISTOL — After nine months of evaluating sites, discussing plans and holding informational meetings, the town of Bristol has reached the time for a decision on a new firehouse.
Architects have designed an 11,000-square-foot facility to be built by local businessman Kevin Harper on a site off West Street. Upon completion, the town hopes to purchase the building and a 9.03-acre parcel of land through a $3.19 million bond.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol has won a $25,000 federal grant that will allow the community to finally determine the development potential of a roughly 20-acre parcel of town-owned land on the western edge of the village.
The land in question is referred to as the “Stoney Hill property,” which the state of Vermont conveyed to Bristol for $1 more than two decades ago. The property has remained unused for lack of an access point and in the absence of planning funds to determine the extent to which it could be used to host light industry and businesses.
FERRISBURGH — Those involved in the dispute over Ferrisburgh farmer Wayne Stearns’ propane cannon talk about shattered dreams — and the shattered peace in a neighborhood along Lake Champlain.
From mid-July through mid-August last summer, Stearns, 43, fired the cannon — which makes a sound his neighbors liken to a shotgun — every minute or so from dawn to dusk.
MALONE, N.Y. — The 16-member Vermont State Police SWAT team, including two troopers now based in the New Haven barracks and one who operated out of that site until recently, joined the 1,300-strong law enforcement task force that ultimately brought two Clinton (N.Y.) Correctional Facility escapees to justice.
MIDDLEBURY — It has indeed been a very eventful seven months for local businessmen Tom Denecker and Mike Capra.
This past December, the two owners of Denecker Chevrolet, Inc. in Vergennes completed the purchase of Shea Motors in Middlebury.
Now the duo are proposing a major reconstruction of their new acquisition at 510 Route 7 South in Middlebury in an effort to make it more user-friendly, energy efficient and in keeping with the style and color scheme of other General Motors buildings throughout the nation.
VERGENNES — Between them, husband-and-wife team Michael Tope and Shannon Mahoney’s road to opening downtown Vergennes’s newest shop, Raintree Handcrafted Fine Jewelry, includes Texas, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, critically, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tope, 48, and Mahoney, 43, who between them bring close to two lifetimes of experience in jewelry and watchmaking to their new retail venture, met through a mutual friend in St. Thomas, where they had both landed pursuing their careers.
They hit it off quickly.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is currently facing a costly decision about how — and whether — to fix a large swath of Creek Road, a choice that might mean taking on Mother Nature, or simply walking away.
BURLINGTON — Host Burlington Tennis Club cruised past the Vergennes Champs, 285-186, in Tuesday Champlain Valley Swim League action.
Ten Champs won individual races — Will Clark, Ian Henderson, Carlyn Rapoport, Carson Hoffman, Anna Rakowski, William Crawford, Tess Ruddy, Dylan Rapoport, Robert Kenfield and Olivia Hawkins — and they prevailed in two contested relays, the 10-and-under boys’ and U-18 girls’ medley events.