New Haven

11/25/2019
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Development Review Board has concluded that a pavilion built by Porky’s Backyard BBQ and Smokehouse, at 7404 Route 7, is in violation of its business permit. The board plans to issue a written decision by Dec. 2. In August, New Haven zoning administrator Aaron Brown issued the restaurant a Notice of Zoning Violation for using its outdoor pavilion without a certificate of occupancy, serving alcohol in that pavilion without a license, and hosting more events per month in the pavilion than are allowed in its permit. The pavilion is to the rear of the restaurant. At a...
11/14/2019
Throughout the spring, summer and fall of this year, neighbors of Lonie Parker’s Porky’s Backyard BBQ on Route 7 in New Haven have endured excessive noise from the backyard, open-air roadhouse constructed behind the restaurant in the spring of this year by Porky’s. The community relies on the town’s DRB (Development Review Board) to lay out the ground rules for businesses so as to promote harmonious development in the community. That didn’t happen in this case. It’s as though the development guardrails that the DRB was to put in place never got assembled. A hearing was held in March of this...

FLOODING BROUGHT ON by the Oct. 16-17 Nor’easter forced closure of Three Mill Bridge Road, right near its intersection with Route 7 South in Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
10/21/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — An Oct. 16-17 Nor’easter pummeled Addison County with driving rain and wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour, causing particular damage in Lincoln and New Haven, each of which reported road washouts. New Haven Town Administrator Aaron Brown reported on Thursday that flooding had closed River Road, from Route 7 to East Street. The community also closed South Street to through traffic, from Hunt Road to River Road. “Please use caution on all roads as the rain and runoff are expected to continue until Friday, Oct. 18,” Brown stated in a message to the community. Meanwhile,...

Photo by Andrea Warren
10/21/2019
One might think Ashlie and Ethan’s wedding story was stolen right out of a fairy tale written about Addison County. The couple started out as high school sweethearts at MUHS in 2013. They stayed locally and now live together on a farm in Addison. On a Saturday afternoon in early October 2017, Ashlie arrived home from work and Ethan said he had a surprise for her. She climbed onto the back of his four-wheeler and he blindfolded her. They drove a short distance to the far side of their barn and Ethan helped Ashlie dismount, still blindfolded. He told her to wait until the cue and at that moment...
10/14/2019
NEW HAVEN — The town of New Haven has cited Porky’s Backyard BBQ & Smokehouse for three alleged violations of its business permit. According to the Aug. 23 Notice of Zoning Violation (NoV) letter written by New Haven zoning administrator Aaron Brown to Porky’s co-owner Lonie Parker, the business has been using an outdoor pavilion without a certificate of occupancy, serving liquor (hard spirits) without a license to do so and hosting more events per month than are allowed in its permit. The business has been the subject of a number of complaints since last winter. At the March 18 meeting...
09/30/2019
BRISTOL AREA — Like many neighboring communities in Addison County, the Mount Abraham Unified School District is facing significant challenges such as declining student enrollment and aging facilities. On the district website, the Community Engagement Committee posted a notice saying, “We need to figure out, together, how to address these challenges and give our kids the education they deserve.” A group of school board members and community volunteers is sponsoring a series of interactive, professionally facilitated conversations this fall. There will be one in each community in the 5 Town...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Lt. Jeff Danoski, left, is retiring and is ceding the helm of the New Haven Barracks to his colleague, newly promoted Lt. Matthew Daley. Daley has served at the New Haven Barracks since 2014. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/23/2019
NEW HAVEN — A new lieutenant is taking the helm of Addison County’s contingent of the Vermont State Police. And it’s a familiar face. Lt. Matthew Daley is assuming command of the VSP’s New Haven barracks, to which he has been assigned since 2014. He replaces Lt. Jeff Danoski, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the VSP, three of those years spent heading the New Haven barracks. “It’s been the best job I’ve ever had in my career,” Danoski said of his time spent in New Haven. “We have a good group of troopers and sergeants here, good administrative staff, good detectives bureau. Just...

BRISTOL'S MOIRA SMILEY will bring her folk music to Tourterelle in New Haven for an Epic Little Folk Fest on Friday, Sept. 20. INSPIRE PHOTO ART (TONYA LESLEY)
09/12/2019
NEW HAVEN — The name says it all: Epic Little Folk Fest. This one-night festival of folk music, food and friends is coming to Tourterelle in New Haven on Sept. 20 — and, yes, it’s going to be, well, epic. Mark your calendars now. Moira Smiley and the beloved Nordic folk band SVER (pronounced “Sfeer” — which means “grand” by the way) will headline the evening with energizing folk and traditional tunes. Smiley’s plaintive, powerful voice will weave between the fiery, inventive forces of SVER’s fiddles (including the special Norwegian hardanger fiddle), accordion, guitar, and drums. Alternating...
08/26/2019
UPDATED NEW HAVEN — A construction zone flagger died at University of Vermont Medical Center after sustaining what Vermont State Police describe as “severe facial and internal injuries” when hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 at New Haven Junction on Friday, Aug. 23. James P. Alger, 38, of Barre died overnight, state police reported on Saturday. VSP cited the driver — Jennifer Bergevin, 49, of Middlebury — for driving under the influence of drugs and grossly negligent operation with serious bodily injury resulting. Police said they were called to the scene at around 8:...
08/22/2019
MONKTON The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Monkton between Oct. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019: •  Oct. 2: Frederick Rotax to Miranda E. Fisk, home on 46.67 acres at 40 Cemetery Road, $300,000. •  Oct. 9: Nancy P. Zylstra to Ethan H. Swift, home on 10.03 acres at 475 East View Road, $348,000. •  Oct. 12: Kassie V. Deary to Alyse Wanke, home on 2 acres at 29 Hardscrabble Road, $261,000. •  Oct. 16: Corinne Hayes to Kevin Lambert, home on 2.59 acres at 230 Twin Ridge Road, $425,000. •  Oct. 25: Michael Alderman to Miles Lindsay, home on 17.1 acres at 2432 Monkton Road...

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