August 15th, 2013
ADDISON — Close to 100 residents of Addison and other local towns attended the second of two forums this year dedicated to the frustrating problem of home break-ins, and this time they heard at least some good news from the dozen law enforcement officials on hand, including Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn and Col. Thomas L’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department, like many other municipal law enforcement agencies around the country, hopped on the social media bandwagon a few years ago. Since 2011, it had been posting public service announcements to its Facebook page and making full use of the site’s photo-sharing feature to share pictures of important events, like department members meeting the governor or receiving awards, along with some funny ones of officers goofing off with community kids.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation during the past four years has almost halved the number of Addison County roads classified as being in “very poor condition,” but state officials acknowledged on Tuesday that much more work remains to be done — particularly to portions of Routes 125, 74 and 73.
WHITING — Eastern equine encephalitis, the new normal, is back.
For the second consecutive summer, the EEE virus has been detected in area mosquitoes, and health officials are urging vigilance against mosquito bites.
LINCOLN — On a recent rainy day in Lincoln, the landscape around Garland’s Bridge on Lincoln Gap Road was awash with muted earth tones — gray sky, brown banks laden with dark vegetation, black water.
But following a well-trodden footpath down the riverbank to a favorite local swimming hole beneath the bridge revealed a more striking and brightly hued scene.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will probably have to find $1.5 million to bridge the funding gap between its preferred option of using a tunnel to replace two deteriorating downtown railroad spans, versus what the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is willing to invest in such a project.
That’s the latest word from Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials, who recently met with their FHWA counterparts to discuss the upcoming replacement of Middlebury’s railroad overpasses on Merchants Row and Main Street.
WEYBRIDGE — A fish and wildlife specialist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, familiar with caving techniques through years of surveying bats, used his experience to help an injured man out of a Weybridge cave last week.
FERRISBURGH — A rare joint meeting on Tuesday of the Ferrisburgh selectboard and Ferrisburgh Central School board produced agreements to continue exploring a possible purchase of land that abuts both town and school property, and to evaluate whether balloting should be held in the town office building rather than at the school.