Henry Bridge deck made bicycle friendly
BENNINGTON -- The Henry Bridge was closed Friday but it should be open today and more friendly to bicycles.
Town Manager Stuart Hurd said the covered bridge’s wooden deck was repaired a number of years ago using as much of the original wood as possible. Over time some irregularities formed on the deck, which were not problems for cars or pedestrians, but were troublesome for narrow bicycle tires. He said the town had received a number of complaints about it.
On Friday, the bridge was closed while the deck was smoothed down. The total cost was $1,800, said Hurd.
The bridge is one of five historic covered bridges in Bennington County.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr
Free Press sells downtown buildings for $2.8M
BURLINGTON (AP) -- Property records show the Burlington Free Press has sold seven of its 12 buildings in downtown Burlington for $2.8 million.
The newspaper sold the historic property on College Street to the Handy family and plans to move its newsroom, advertising and finance employees somewhere else downtown.
Records show the property was assessed at $3.3 million.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the building has been for sale for a year.
Plan to merge Bellows Falls with Rockingham is tabled
BELLOWS FALLS (AP) -- A plan to merge the Vermont village of Bellows Falls with the town of Rockingham in 2014 has hit a delay.
The proposal would eliminate the Bellows Falls Village Corporation and the Board of Trustees, which would be turned over to the Rockingham Select board.
Village services, such as police and fire departments, would continue to be supported by village residents through separate fees or taxes.
But some members of the village trustees and town selectboard said at a joint meeting on Thursday that the plan doesn’t include any details on the financial impact of the merger, the Eagle Times reports. It also doesn’t specify any benefits for the town or village.
Paul Obuchowski and Jim McAuliffe, members of the ad hoc committee that developed the plan, said the details would come out in the public hearings. But some Bellows Falls trustees felt the plan lacked enough information to bring it to a public hearing.
"I’m in favor of just tabling it until there are some financials," said Trustee Charlie Hunter.
Norwich University dedicates renovated athletic facility
NORTHFIELD (AP) -- Vermont’s Norwich University has dedicated its renovated athletic facility.
The Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field is named for Fred Haynes 1958 graduate and his wife who donated a generous gift to the project, which included the $6 million renovation of the field.
The renovation created a multi-sport, multi-activity stadium that features a synthetic turf field that will meet NCAA regulations for football, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.
The athletic facility was dedicated on Friday during Homecoming festivities.