October 30th, 2014
BRISTOL — Bristol will be awash in patriotic fervor Saturday when the town hosts the 16th annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade. The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a parade featuring Scouts and veterans from many parts of the state and wrap up with ceremony and remarks by Maj. Gen. Steven A. Cray, the adjutant general of the state of Vermont and the senior uniformed officer in the state.
BRISTOL — Voters in the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $32.6 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School.
The project would make major structural and aesthetic improvements to the building, which has not undergone a substantial renovation since it was constructed in the late 1960s.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents beginning next April will be able to choose their own haulers to collect curbside recyclables from their homes and businesses. That’s because the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to discontinue the townwide recycling contract once the current pact with Casella expires on March 31, 2015.
VERMONT — Residents of Addison County towns will see a number of contested elections for Statehouse representatives (see story HERE). Voters on Nov. 4 will also cast ballots in the following statewide races:
If being memorable is a measure of a compelling production, the play “Ransom,” coming to the Middlebury Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1, scores high. The scenes and the music have remained with me since 2010, the first time I attended “Ransom,” in the school auditorium in Rochester. The cast — all local townspeople — seemed to be still feeling it out, but the overall effect was that of a work destined to become a classic of its kind.
VERGENNES — A 21-year-old Northlands Job Corps student on Monday pleaded innocent to simple assault in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, after having been arrested on Friday, Oct. 24, for allegedly fighting a fellow student at the school’s Vergennes campus.
MIDDLEBURY — It was Gov. Peter Shumlin who appointed Don Keeler to serve as Addison County sheriff after longtime incumbent James Coons died in office during the spring of 2012.
Now Keeler is looking for an official mandate from the voters as he seeks to win the post for the first time on Nov. 4. Keeler faces opposition from write-in candidate Ron Holmes, a former deputy with the department. Both men mapped out their priorities for the Addison Independent during recent interviews.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Oct. 23 arrested town resident Cassandra Julia Fraser-Brown on suspicion of committing forgery.
Police arrested the 23-year-old after receiving a complaint a day earlier from the National Bank of Middlebury, where police said Fraser-Brown had deposited checks from a closed account of a family member into another family member’s account using an ATM.
Police said they determined five checks totaling $1,720 were written without permission from the check owner. Police believe Fraser-Brown forged the signatures on the checks.