October 12th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Traffic was snarled in downtown Middlebury today as the southbound lane through Court Square was blocked off shortly before the morning rush hour because an 8-inch water main broke, sending streams of H2O into the sky and destroying the pavement on the south side of the square.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
ADDISON — Taupe-colored lumps of fur and feathers specked with the white of bones — indigestible prey parts mashed together and then regurgitated from owl gizzards — sat on paper plates on the table like Halloween-themed, white-chocolate-chip cookies. Fascinated children and parents set the conference room abuzz as they dissected the pellets with bright blue plastic forceps and wooden probes, identifying and studying the skeletons of the unfortunate critters the owls had devoured for dinner.
MIDDLEBURY — In June of this year I became a very proud owner of a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI.
Our search for a vehicle was long and arduous. The cars in our driveway had always been at least 10 years old and only moderately reliable. But we were getting tired of the trips to the mechanic’s and the “adventure” of possible breakdowns everywhere we went.
With a Toyota Tacoma pick-up for weekend warrior projects and four-wheel drive, we focused on something that was more compact and could achieve better fuel efficiency.
VERMONT — A Charlotte man is suing Volkswagen over the German automaker’s recent admission that it manufactured 11 million diesel-fueled cars with faulty emissions technology.
The Burlington law firm Downs Rachlin Martin filed the class-action lawsuit on behalf of Robert Turnau late last month. He is the only named plaintiff, but the case alleges fraud on behalf of hundreds or thousands of Vermonters.
MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power has partnered with the town of Middlebury to open a new station for charging electric cars — one that charges car batteries faster than earlier technology. The utility is also offering grants to pair solar power producing arrays with electric car charging stations.
The new NRG EVgo Freedom Station off Mill Street in downtown Middlebury was sited in Addison County so that it would be at a convenient location between Rutland and Burlington.
ADDISON — At the 20th annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Sept. 19, 31 competitors from five states battled the breezes to test their skills. The event, a highlight of September’s Vermont Archaeology Month, is New England’s longest running event using the atlatl, the ancient spear-thrower used around the world before the development of the bow and arrow. Contestants are challenged in tests of accuracy, distance and the International Standards Accuracy competition.
BRISTOL — Five-Town Friends of the Arts is now accepting grant applications for its fall round of community grants. The Community Grants program helps to fund experiences and events in the fine arts, performing arts, history and other cultural experiences to enrich the lives of people living in Monkton, New Haven, Bristol, Lincoln and Starksboro.