March 16th, 2017
On Town Meeting Day, Orwell residents once again chose to vote against a proposed merger under Act 46. The results were clearly incontestable, as the proposal was defeated by 62 percent to 38 percent of voters. There has not been a significant change in voting results over the course of three consecutive votes, in spite of some changes to the merger proposal prior to this latest outcome.
It’s gratifying to see that so many Vermonters are stimulated to political activism by our current national political situation. Any hope we have of minimizing the damage this administration will do to our nation and the world depends on building a strong and vocal resistance. But true reform of our political and social institutions depends on sustaining this activism long into the future.
As many of you know, we lost our father, Robert W. Kellogg, in a house fire on Murdock Court in mid-December. We have had so much loving support from so many of you who knew him. One night shortly after the fire, the neighbors organized a candlelight gathering in front of his home.
The Vergennes Lions Club has expressed sincere thanks to the folks in Bristol and Vergennes who made their annual Food from the Heart Food Drive so successful. By individuals buying an extra item or two, over 2,600 pounds of needed items were collected in total from generous local shoppers, as well as over $530 in monetary donations.
ADDISON COUNTY — On March 11 at approximately 10:39 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 near Route 53 in Salisbury.
Police identified the drivers involved as Gail M. Grant, 60, of East Middlebury and Steven E. Amaru, 58, of Epping, N.H.
Both vehicles were traveling northbound on Route 7, according to police, when Amaru pulled over to the shoulder to allow Grant to pass. However, Grant passed Amaru’s vehicle on the right side and while doing so struck the Ford Focus causing damage.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled mostly routine incidents between March 6 and 12, a week in which they also worked with Vermont State Police to crack a major burglary case (see story in A section).
In those seven days, city police:
• On March 6 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the area.
• On March 6 were told of trash being dumped illegally at a Ferrisburgh convenience store, identified the probable culprit through a piece of mail in the trash, and sent a letter about the issue to the suspect.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Rodrigo Cardoso De Lima, 37, of Shoreham for driving under the influence, following a report of a man driving in an erratic manner on South Main Street on March 9.
Police said they measured De Lima’s blood-alcohol content at 0.189 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a reported vehicle roll-over near the intersection of Route 125 and Ridge Road in Cornwall on March 6.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.