September 2nd, 2011
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The Green Mountain Stage Race is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in Hinesburg and loop around Starksboro. Since we're Addison County's paper, this route deviates slightly from the original course, beginning in Bristol rather than Hinesburg. Here's a medium-length ride that's sure to get your blood pumping, and if you haven't had enough, you can take it like the racers and do it it twice!
Length: 29.82 miles
RIPTON — State transportation officials on Friday said Route 125 from East Middlebury to the Hancock town line could be open to local traffic as soon as Saturday, Sept. 3.
The road suffered several washouts in last Sunday’s Tropical Storm Irene-related flooding. Traffic was rerouted via the Dugway and North Branch Road.
ROCHESTER — Residents of Rochester, one of 13 communities isolated for five days by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, were well under way with clean-up efforts late Thursday afternoon as Route 125 over Middlebury Gap to Route 100 was opened for emergency vehicles and vital traffic late Wednesday.
The crest of the Otter Creek River is coming slowly but surely through Addison County, having hit Leicester late yesterday and now approaching downtown Middlebury. The U.S. Geological Survey projects the crest to reach Middlebury between midnight and 2 a.m. tonight.
BRISTOL — Town officials on Thursday morning lifted the boil-water order that has been in effect for the Bristol municipal water system since Sunday.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Officials responsible for maintaining the Vermont transportation and utility infrastructure faced a daunting task this week after flooding rivaling the historic deluge of 1927 overwhelmed dozens of local roads and bridges, closed portions of every state highway in Addison County for a time and knocked out electricity to more than 2,500 area power customers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Francis F. Valiquette, 38, of Middlebury with simple assault and Nikolas G. Martino, 23, of Middlebury for disorderly conduct, following an incident in the John Graham Court neighborhood on Aug. 23.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Barring the lingering aftereffects of Tropical Storm Irene disrupting plans, the high school sports season will get under way this weekend.
But postponements remained possible as this edition of the Independent went to press: Dozens of roads around Vermont were still impassable as of Tuesday, and several communities were still isolated after Sunday’s flooding.