April 15th, 2013
The House’s vote on Friday to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana makes sense for three over-arching reasons: 1) the current penalty under existing law is excessive and has life-long repercussions that are unreasonable; 2) the current law is not prosecuted consistently throughout the state; and 3) in the proposed bill it’s still an illegal drug.
SALISBURY/LEICESTER — Lord Dunmore’s clock took the plunge on Monday, April 1, at 4:38 p.m. Thus ended the annual Dunmore Dip Ice Out Contest sponsored by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association. Each year the public is invited to guess the date and time that the Lord Dunmore mannequin sees the ice go out and stops the clock. Each guess costs $1.
The money raised helps the association in the battle against milfoil in the lakes.
STARKSBORO — Police have seized drugs, cash and guns in Starksboro and arrested four people on various charges including possession and trafficking of drugs.
Vergennes police announced on Saturday morning that they, with the assistance of the Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks, had executed a search warrant on an apartment located at 132 Big Hollow Road in Starksboro.
BRISTOL — A Bristol 19-year-old who was driving a car that stuck and killed an elderly pedestrian in Bristol last fall has been charged by a grand jury with grossly negligent driving with death resulting, Bristol police disclosed Friday morning.
Ashley Ann Nancollas, according to police, was driving a car down North Street near the intersection of Park Place on Nov. 24, 2012, when her car stuck Ann Roscoe, 86, of Bristol, who was crossing the street.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of around 20 Middlebury residents joined their local school board on Wednesday evening to vote unanimously for 2013-2014 spending plan of $6,418,788 for Mary Hogan Elementary School.
The meeting lasted around one hour, according to ID-4 school board Chairwoman Ruth Hardy.
“There were some good questions and people seemed genuinely supportive” of the budget, Hardy said.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board met on Monday night and edged closer to adopting a new, more modest bond proposal to take care of what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien called the most critical items that were included in two earlier defeated plans.
The new bond the VUHS board discussed on Monday, which O’Brien said on Tuesday would be “somewhere in the $2 million range,” will focus “on the roof and the cafeteria and kitchen primarily, with some smaller pieces in the auditorium.”
BRISTOL — Following Bristol voters’ rejection last month of a bond that would have taken the first step toward an upgrade to the fire department’s North Street facility, the search for an improved firehouse will continue in coming weeks.
VERGENNES — In what Mayor Bill Benton said he and all five sitting aldermen felt was a tough decision, the city council on Tuesday chose longtime Vergennes real estate broker Lynn Donnelly over former alderman Peter Garon to fill the one-year vacancy created on the council in March when Benton was elected to his office.
Although the decision was technically unanimous when it was made at the end of the aldermen’s Tuesday meeting, it came only after a fairly long closed-door session at the city’s fire station.