Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sand Hill bridge construction is done

The Sand Hill bridge reconstruction project is complete, says WCAX.

Wednesday night community members celebrated the completed project. 
"It's just great when a community works so well together and collaborates with the state. I feel so pleased with the project when it's done that they come out in a rainstorm. It's key to our economic growth," said Sue Minter, VTrans Deputy Secretary. 
"We've been here for about 10 years now and ever since then we've always heard discussions about the new bridge and now it's finally come to fruition, and we're really excited about it," said Elias Erwin, East Middlebury resident. 
The bridge had been closed for 45 days. It's one of six bridges VTrans will renovate in Rochester and Middlebury.d

Friday, July 18, 2014

“Writing Jesus” presentation at the Ripton Community Church

The last Sunday of this month will see a fine presentation at our town's church:

 Renowned Vermont professor and author, Jay Parini, will share his journey of researching and writing a biography of Jesus of Nazareth in a talk entitled “Writing Jesus” at the Ripton Community Church on Sunday, July 27, at 7:00 p.m. 
Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.  There is no charge for his presentation, but contributions will be welcome to support the restoration and preservation of the historic Ripton Community Church.   
Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College, and has enjoyed a distinguished career inspiring his students and writers everywhere. 
Contact Norm Tjossem (802 388-0338) for more information.

(thanks to Norman Tjossem)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sand Hill Bridge completion ceremony coming up

VTrans is hosting a ceremony in honor of the new Sand Hill bridge:

Please Join Us As We Celebrate

The Completion of the Sand Hill Bridge

Wednesday, July 23rd, 6:30 PM

Ceremonies at the Bridge on Rt. 125
East Middlebury

Reception following at the Waybury Inn

The invitation also includes this nice photo:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Updates on road construction

Here's the latest from VTrans:

North Branch Road
  • Traffic on North Branch Road will remain open for one lane of traffic for the duration of the project. Unlimited access will be provided to Emergency Services as needed.
Middlebury River
  • Please be advised that VTrans is warning all recreational users of the Middlebury River to avoid the immediate vicinity of the bridge until further notice.

Schedule:
Monday (6/30): Site clean-up will continue for the week.
Thursday (7/3): All construction activity will stop at noon for the Fourth of July holiday.
(thanks to Sally Hoyler!)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week in Sand Hill Bridge work

Here's the latest on the Sand Hill bridge construction, from VTrans email:


Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13The new bridge is now open to traffic while work crews complete the remaining construction work.
Route 125Project related truck activity will be moderate during day time hours.
North Branch RoadTraffic on North Branch Road will remain open for one lane of traffic for the duration of the project. Unlimited access will be provided to Emergency Services as needed.
Middlebury RiverPlease be advised that VTrans is warning all recreational users of the Middlebury River to avoid the immediate vicinity of the bridge until further notice.Schedule:Friday (6/20): Form sidewalks at the bridge.
Monday (6/23): Sidewalks will be poured. Site clean-up will begin, including transport of equipment off site.

(thanks to Sally Hoyler)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ripton Town Wide Lawn Sale coming up in July

We're holding a big community sale next month. Here's the story:

Annual Ripton Town Wide Lawn Sale
Saturday July 5, 2014
7am - noon
Sponsored by Friends of the Ripton Community Church
Ripton residents can participate in 3 ways
1.  Have a table at town center located between the community house and the church
2.  Sell from your home and be included on a sellers map
3.  Drop off items for donation to a community table 
We will create all advertising,  flyer distribution,  and sellers maps in exchange for a $5 donation to the continued restoration of the church building.
Please give a call by June 15 to reserve your spot.  
Contact:  Patty Gray  382 8755
Lisa Knickerbocker  388 1062
 email:   ripton.community.church@gmail.com

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The next few days of Sand Hill bridge construction

Here's what's coming up with the Sand Hill bridge work:
Schedule: Thursday (6/5): The last of the precast architectural panels will be placed. Friday (6/6): The remaining earthwork will be completed.Monday (6/9): Guardrails will be installed throughout the project. Tuesday (6/10): Sidewalks will be formed. Thursday (6/12):  Concrete sidewalks will be poured.

(thanks to Sally Hoyler)