BRISTOL — The host Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team used tough first- and third-quarter defense to turn back determined Otter Valley on Wednesday, 46-38.
The Eagles forced 13 of the Otters’ 28 turnovers and received nine of junior Ashlie Fay’s game-high 20 points in the first quarter to take a 15-5 lead after the first eight minutes.
This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief who served in Prague, Berlin, Beirut and Tehran and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.
Middle East: Cauldron of conflict
BRISTOL — Bristol police were kept busy with a variety of calls in the past couple of weeks.
In recent activity, Bristol officers:
• On Dec. 3 recovered a cell phone that was found near Merchants Bank and returned it to its owner.
• On Dec. 4 in response to citizen concerns, began patrolling and monitoring major crosswalks in the village.
MIDDLEBURY - The Addison Central Supervisory Union's search for a new superintendent will continue after a third bid to locate a top executive failed to woo a finalist on Friday, Dec. 21.
District officials confirmed late Friday afternoon that both finalists - Burlington School District Superintendent Jeanne Collins and John W. Johnson, an executive with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - withdrew their names from consideration, citing personal reasons.
VERGENNES/LEICESTER — Vergennes police on Tuesday — with a major assist from Vermont State Police — arrested three people in Leicester and charged them with selling heroin after finding more than 350 bags of the drug, $3,670 of cash, marijuana, and a stolen firearm at a Fern Lake Road home.
Police said the street value of each bag ranged from $20 to $30 per bag, meaning the street value of the drug seized by police on Wednesday ranged from $7,000 to $10,500.
BRISTOL — At Monday’s Bristol selectboard meeting, the board voted to submit a letter protecting the town’s interests to the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) concerning Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed pipeline project.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday night moved closer to adopting a 2013-2014 budget that would boost spending by 4.7 percent to a little less than $4.1 million.
Board chairwoman Tara Brooks said on Tuesday the board would hold a special meeting during the second week of January to make final a plan that would increase spending by about $190,000.
She said the board will probably adopt what they looked at on Monday.
“We’re pretty confident of where we are now in terms or our numbers,” Brooks said.