April 30th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Weber-Curth was a 15-year-old visiting student in France when she had her first taste of sparkling wine. Since then, she has been bullish on the bubbly, sampling it in later years during her frequent business travels through Europe and other distant lands.
ADDISON — Addison officials said last week they have been a little disappointed that the town’s still relatively new website has not drawn more traffic from town residents, but members of the development review board and planning commission hope one of the latest additions might spark more interest.
Zoning administrator Ed Hansen, who returned to that post in February after his contract was not renewed a few years back, has begun posting monthly updates on planning and DRB activity.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen last week agreed to front $52,500 to the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House to allow theater backers to jump-start the opera house’s long-delayed sprinkler project.
Opera house officials told aldermen they could repay the money soon after the work was complete because they had guarantees of a grant and tax credits equal to the $52,500.
ADDISON COUNTY — April showers bring May flowers, but April is also a month during which homeowners seek to rid their yards of debris left by the winter. And Addison County fire officials are warning residents to think twice before torching any fallen branches, leaves or twigs.
Bill Sinks, president of the Addison County Firefighters’ Association, noted property owners must check with their local fire warden(s) and get an official OK — in many cases, a written permit — before setting fire to their lawn debris.
VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes will sign a lease this week with landowners Bill and Kristin Benton for a 2-acre parcel that has 433 feet of frontage along the Otter Creek basin’s east bank.
Aldermen — with Benton, a city council member, not participating — unanimously backed the agreement at their April 24 meeting.
The land will link the recently completed stairway down from Main Street to the river with the city’s MacDonough Drive docks.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 24 meeting crossed two sites off their list of potential homes for a new city police station.
They will no longer consider a building owned by Alderwoman Ziggy Comeau at the intersection of School and Green streets, or a state-owned building on MacDonough Drive on the eastern edge of the Northlands Job Corps campus.
Yuki Takeda isn't your average casual whistler. Earlier this month, he returned from the International Whistlers Conference in Louisburg, North Carolina with a third place trophy.
Takeda, a Middlebury College sophomore, has been attending the prestigious whistling conference since 2008, winning first place in teen divisions in 2010 and 2011. He competes in both the classical and popular divisions, but says his favorite thing to whistle is jazz improvization. Back home in Middlebury, he's performing with his jazz quintet at 51 Main from 10 to 12 p.m. tonight.
VERGENNES — What began as an emotional issue for many citizens of the Vergennes area, who perceived a threat to the popular and longstanding Christian nativity display on the city’s central green, is now a technical exercise for Vergennes aldermen.