September 3rd, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Dominic and Molly Francis have been providing lodging to weary travelers and nourishment to hungry diners at the Shoreham Inn for almost nine years.
Now the couple wouldn’t mind turning the tables and becoming customers of the historic landmark inn that has become just as beloved to locals as it has to tourists, cyclists and sightseers. They are in the process of selling it.
“We are just ready to take on some other opportunities,” Molly Francis said last Thursday morning during a brief break from her kitchen duties.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department has scheduled its second forum on crime and drugs in Bristol. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Holley Hall. A third-party facilitator has agreed to manage the discussion.
Chief Kevin Gibbs will start off the forum by answering some questions that came up at the end of the last meeting on July 31 and since then.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Hard Cider Company announced today that it will delay the start of construction on a new $24 million cidery until 2013. VTHCC had hoped to begin construction at a site on Exchange Street in Middlebury this summer but officials said the permitting, engineering, design and bidding process has taken longer than expected.
VTHCC is nearing completion of these preliminary hurdles, they said. However, to start a project of this magnitude and scope just as the ground is beginning to freeze could further complicate construction budgets and timetables.
VERGENNES — The Little City 5K that kicked off the annual Vergennes Day celebration drew 92 runners to the event’s 5-kilometer race, 58 to its 10K event, and 13 who chose to walk the 5K course.
The top local male and female finishers, respectively, were Chris Huston of Waltham and Caitlin Ferland of Vergennes in the 5K, and Neil Guertin and Heidi Marsano of Ferrisburgh in the 10K.
All the 5K runners and their towns, where available, were:
1. Brooks Moreau, Vt., 19:13.8
SALISBURY — After not holding the event in 2011, Vermont Sun officials decided this year to bring back the grueling Vermont Journey, which was contested on Sunday and based at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore — and was dominated by newcomers to the Half Ironman distance triathlon.
The Vermont Journey is the longest triathlon held in Vermont, consisting of 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking and 13.1 miles of running. The Vermont Journey is the apex of the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series of five triathlons.
MIDDLEBURY (AP) — A proposed $32 million rail spur that would be used to alleviate truck traffic between marble processor Omya Inc.’s quarry in Middlebury and its calcium carbonate plant in Pittsford has been put on hold indefinitely.
Given the sluggish economy and cost of the project, the company and Vermont Rail Systems are not pursuing it, said Omya plant manager Jim Stewart.
BRISTOL — When Tropical Storm Irene slammed Vermont a year ago, Bristol wasn’t as badly marred as some Vermont towns. But large sections of several major roads were wiped out, construction projects were taken back to phase one and several old structures were destroyed.
One year later, Bristol Administrator Bill Bryant said the town’s infrastructure and finances are in good shape. He credited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), among others, for aiding in the recovery.