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BRISTOL — Bristol resident and former Marine John Shepard had always hoped to take his daughter Natasha, 13, to visit the North Carolina coast, the territory he loved when he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1980s.
According to Shepard’s ex-wife and still good friend Marion Martin, a Mineville, N.Y., resident, John and Natasha planned to go this coming November.
But that was before Shepard’s health took a dramatic turn for the worse.
“He won’t make it. He’s fading fast every day,” Martin said.
MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corp. estimates it would cost approximately $5.8 million to renovate the Middlebury municipal building and gym at their current location at the intersection of College and South Main streets.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted 4-3 in favor of using a Creek Road parcel as the location for a new recreation center, a vote preceded by fierce and at times acrimonious debate among members about a site selection process that has increasingly come under fire.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Town Office & Recreation Steering Committee on Tuesday morning voted 7-1, with two abstentions, to recommend to the local selectboard that a new, 11,500-square-foot recreation center be built on a 2.4-acre parcel off Creek Road owned by the UD-3 school district.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday took a look at the final two proposed sites for a new firehouse and determined that one aligns with the town plan and the other does not.
Commissioners voted for the West Street site, and against the North Street site.
The group was not comparing the two sites against each other, but rather evaluating each individually according to their adherence to the Bristol Town Plan. Only the selectboard has the power to choose a site.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday agreed to an early release of $2,500 in city funding for the Vergennes Partnership, the private organization charged with overseeing the health of the city’s downtown.
The partnership’s continued existence is required by state officials if the city center is to remain an official Vermont Designated Downtown. That status allows the city and downtown property owners to apply for state and federal grants to make improvements to infrastructure and their buildings.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns by members of Middlebury’s Town Offices and Recreation Facilities Steering Committee.
ADDISON / FERRISBURGH — A Bridport man was killed in a two-car crash on Route 22A in Addison Tuesday evening, and an Addison man was hospitalized. In a separate two-car crash on Route 7 around the same time, two people were seriously injured.
Police cited snow and icy road conditions in both cases.
Vermont State Police reported that Gene Oliver, 46, of Bridport died at the scene of the Route 22A crash as the result of injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred at around 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 17.