February 11th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — After several years of standing idle, the former Chittenden Bank property at One Court Square will soon reopen for business under new ownership.
The Vermont Federal Credit Union on Jan. 23 closed on a deal to buy the former bank property for $850,000. Work crews are now busily gutting the 4,800-square-foot building so that it can be occupied by Vermont Federal employees who are currently operating out of the credit union’s 1,200-square-foot headquarters at nearby 24 Washington St.
MONKTON — Monkton’s Development Review Board has denied a contentious application for a 39.5-acre quarry proposed by Michael and Allan Brisson’s Brisson Stone LLC because the quarry would have extracted bedrock and crushed it for gravel, which the board said was prohibited. The quarry was to be managed by David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company.
Brisson Stone and Burchfield will likely appeal the Monkton DRB’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court, Allan Brisson told the Independent in a telephone interview.
MIDDLEBURY —The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op of Middlebury has signed a joint development agreement with Encore Redevelopment LLC of Burlington to collaborate on the development of local solar projects in Addison County.
VERGENNES — Ivor Hughes of Monkton, an ardent hiker and backpacker, will present “The Klondike Gold Rush — A Nostalgic Journey to Retrace the Prospectors’ Footsteps” at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Robert A. Orsi, a distinguished historian of American Catholicism, will give a lecture, “Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned: Children, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Making of 20th-Century Catholicism,” at Middlebury College on Thursday, February 28. The lecture will be held at McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.
STARKSBORO — The ground is frozen, the creeks are shelving with ice, and water critters are still comatose, but the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative is busy gearing up for the 2013 spring-summer season of taking water samples from our local streams and rivers.
LINCOLN — Burnham Hall in Lincoln will host “The Schlein Family Highfalutin Hootenanny” on Saturday, Feb. 23, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Two of the area’s most danceable bands, the Hokum Brothers and BandAnna, will donate their talents for a fabulous dance party. All proceeds from the hootenanny will go to the Schlein family, who recently lost their New Haven home in a fire.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team on Sunday bounced back from a Saturday loss at Williams with a strong effort in a 3-1 home win over the Ephs that re-established their recent better play and helped them in the tight NESCAC playoff race.
The Panthers (11-9-2, 10-4-2 NESCAC after their fifth win in six outings) and Williams (13-6-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) are among five teams fighting for the top four seeds and home ice for the NESCAC quarterfinals.