October 17th, 2011
BRISTOL — A blaze of as-yet unknown origin destroyed an A-frame house at 239 Birch Ledge in Bristol — just off of Route 116 — during the evening of Wednesday, Oct 12. Bristol Fire Department officials confirmed that no one was injured in the blaze and surrounding homes remained untouched, though the structure belonging to John and Tonya Willard was labeled a complete loss.
According to Bristol Lister Claire Scribner, the house had been vacant for some time.
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley is talking with two existing Vergennes businesses that may be interested in a loan from a $79,000 city fund to help them expand, Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Oct. 11 meeting.
Hawley said in a Thursday interview he could not yet identify the firms, but said “both businesses are growing businesses.”
VERGENNES — Although Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said earlier this month he hoped to be able to complete by late last week a report on the death of a Vergennes resident during a Sept. 28 armed robbery, he confirmed on Thursday that the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will not complete its part of the work until mid-November.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team shrugged off wind, rain, mud and a tough visiting Colchester squad on Friday to claim a pivotal Division I game, 25-8.
The Lakers dropped to 4-3, while the Tigers are 6-1, 5-1 in D-I. A win at Champlain Valley (5-2) on Saturday should clinch the Tigers a top-four playoff berth and a first-round home game. Quality points rankings (QPRs) will then determine seeds.
While the town might lose some property tax revenue from the Lodge, it will be gaining some from the former Addison County Courthouse at 5 Court Square. That’s because the property will, for the first time ever in its lengthy history, be subject to property taxes this year.
The old brick courthouse was built in 1883 on land originally owned by one of Middlebury’s founders, Gamaliel Painter. The old courthouse became the property of Middlebury College once the structure was replaced by the current Frank Mahady Courthouse, built nearby in 1995 and 1996.
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Welcome back to another installment of “Otter Creek is the Best Creek,” a serial tour of paddling on our backyard stream. This week, it’s the Otter Creek Gorge, a class II-III section of whitewater between Belden Falls and Huntington Falls.
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Last week I undertook a yearly ritual known to many in Vermont. I went out to the garden and harvested anything that looked even remotely edible. Green tomatoes, underripe peppers, tiny baby greens, and undersized corn cobs all ended up in my bucket. The reason for my garden purge, of course, was the forecast of frost the following evening.
We harvested more potatoes today, on a warm clear afternoon, geese threading south high above. With the first killing frost a few days ago, we now light a fire in the fireplace at night, but steadfastly refuse to turn on the heat during the day. The temperature went down to 58 in the house; sweaters came out, quilts for the beds, the soup pot went on the stove and we began toting firewood.