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September 26th, 2011
BRISTOL — At a selectboard meeting Monday, town officials in Bristol were tallying up the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, exploring plans for more infrastructure repairs and discussing how much help they could get from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“All the roads are back open and we’re working with FEMA to put in all of our costs,” said Chairman Joel Bouvier.
But exactly what those costs will add up to is still unknown.
BRANDON — A vendor at the Brandon Farmers Market was hit by a car while crossing the street recently.
Lyn Garro, 63, of Leicester was crossing Carver Street near Central Park at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, when police say she was hit by a car. Garro sells baked goods at the farmers market, which is held every Friday from May until Oct. 7. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
VERGENNES — In a midseason match-up on Saturday of two high school boys’ soccer teams off to promising starts, visiting Mount Abraham prevailed, 4-0, over shorthanded Vergennes.
Coach Mike Corey’s Eagles moved to 2-1-2 by scoring twice in each half and dominating the second half, while Coach Kevin Hayes’ Commodores dropped to 3-2-1.
VERGENNES — Almost 200 years ago, Commodore Thomas MacDonough won a crucial naval battle in the War of 1812 that drove the British — the world’s greatest naval force at the time — from the Plattsburgh, N.Y., battle site back into Canada, allowing the United States to retain a larger piece of northern territory when a peace treaty was signed two months later.
In retrospect, It would be fascinating, and probably terrifying, to know even roughly what amount of money and resources it took for this country to prepare for the tenth anniversary of 9/11…
Unfortunately, although there has been vast media coverage of the massive security measures undertaken for 9/11, no one seems to be looking at it in terms of the extent of vulnerability in which these knee-jerk measures leave the nation and the further economic drain that they place on our economy.
MIDDLEBURY — Preliminary conclusions drawn from a review of the work in the Middlebury River in East Middlebury after Tropical Storm Irene show that the town of Middlebury did not exceed the recommendations of state environmental officials, except in one instance.
Where they did go beyond a state engineer’s directions, town officials said they would restore damaged habitat.
As an editor, I’ve had the responsibility from time to time to teach a cub reporter how to write a column. It comes so naturally to me that at first I hardly know what to tell them.
“You, er, have to have an idea … um, or not ...
“Just start typing, but remember, any old gibberish won’t do — it’s got to be the right gibberish.
“Pour your soul into it, and keep it light and chatty.”
VERGENNES — Nobody likes to think about the worst-case scenario, but at a forum at the Vergennes American Legion last week Julie Smith urged the 10 or so farmers in attendance to do just that.
Smith, a dairy specialist at the University of Vermont Extension, is partway through a three-year USDA-funded project aiming to educate and combat potential hazards to Vermont’s food production systems, specifically dairy.