March 7th, 2011
SHOREHAM — Town meeting in Shoreham brought some kind tidings to boosters of the Platt Memorial Library.
In a rather spontaneous showing of generosity, townspeople at their annual gathering agreed to transfer $90,000 in Newton Academy fire insurance money to an expansion/renovation plan for the library that has set on the Shoreham green for more than 100 years.
That action, supported by voice vote, could allow for construction on the 1,600-square-foot addition to begin as soon as this fall, according to library trustees.
BRISTOL — The results of a poll taken among people who voted in Bristol on Town Meeting Day could point the town toward adoption of the first full update of the Bristol Town Plan in nearly a decade.
The Bristol Planning Commission’s two-question poll offered to voters as they left Holley Hall on Tuesday sought to determine residents’ sentiments regarding where to permit and where to prohibit gravel and sand extraction in town — the hottest issue debated during the years-long creation of a town plan update.
MIDDLEBURY — Some know him from the ski slopes, some know him from the pool, I met him at the ACTR bus stop downtown. Dressed in worn jeans, a brown jacket and a black ski mask pulled up over his entire face, Herb Gingrich was the typical Vermont skier, or so I thought.
Little did I know that beneath that ski mask was no common man; underneath those layers was a resilient hero.
MIDDLEBURY — Vergennes residents Danielle and Stephen Boyce are buying American Flatbread’s Middlebury location, and they have no plans to substantially shake up what has been a winning business recipe at the popular Marble Works-based restaurant.
Danielle Boyce has been manager of American Flatbread’s Middlebury location for the past five years.
MIDDLEBURY — The No. 3 Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team struck early and played well for three periods in Friday’s Division II quarterfinal to take a solid, 6-2 win over visiting No. 6 Burr & Burton.
The Tigers improved to 13-4-3 and will host a Wednesday night semifinal vs. No. 7 Northfield (8-8-6), which upset No. 2 Peoples, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday. Northfield also upset the Tigers in OT in the final game of the regular season. Burr & Burton finished at 9-11-1, including three losses to MUHS.
When the White House insider ‘Deep Throat’ told reporter Bob Woodward of The Washington Postto “just follow the money” to unravel what became the Watergate scandal, Americans were reminded of the power of money to corrupt and influence.
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Driving up into the mountains on Sunday, I was initially undecided whether to head into lesser used trails, or confine my late afternoon ski to more groomed terrain. Noting the piles of fresh snow everywhere, but untracked paths at all my favorite trailheads, I decided that the old racing skis I had brought would lead to a far more pleasurable ski on the well groomed trails of the Rikert Ski Touring Center at the Middlebury College Breadloaf Campus.
On Town Meeting Day 2011, our very own Trent Campbell raced all over the county to take in as many meetings as he could. See below for a sampling of the photos he took, from Panton to New Haven to Middlebury: