November 10th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — As those affected by Tropical Storm Irene continue to rebuild, the deadline to apply for disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration (SBA)is drawing near. FEMA is asking that individuals, town and state government agencies register their claims by next Tuesday, Nov. 15.
To register call, toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
PITTSFORD — The story of underprivileged Cambodian children playing organized soccer on a dusty field really starts with a letter English native Gary Hodder — now the Otter Valley Union High School field hockey coach and assistant director of Pittsford’s Camp Sangamon — wrote back in 1990 to an American embassy.
I didn’t know I was afraid of black spiders the size of my thumb. I had forgotten that I was afraid of the dark. I have always worried about heights, but didn’t know that tight places could make my fingers shake.
I also didn’t know I could face all these fears simultaneously less than 15 minutes from home. Weybridge, and much of Vermont, has karst geology, meaning that beneath your feet probably lie yawning fissures, underground streams and eroded passages of slick limestone.
The Vermont Public Service Board has opened its review of the proposed purchase of Central Vermont Public Service by Gaz Metro, the Canadian utility that is the corporate parent of Green Mountain Power, and the subsequent merger of CVPS into GMP. One of the most important issues the PSB must decide in this preliminary phase of the proceeding is whether to grant the petition filed by Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans, and 45 other Vermont ratepayers to appoint an independent counsel to represent the public interest before the board.
Editor’s note: In response to a request for information on recent burglaries in Bristol, the Bristol police chief, Kevin Gibbs, provided the Independent with this letter, which he had send to a correspondent on the online Front Page Forum.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with motor vehicle accidents, verbal domestic disputes, and one case of threats made over the phone in a relatively quiet week between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.
In those seven days, Vergennes police:
• Early in the morning on Monday, Oct. 31, saw two people run between homes on West Main and Union streets and tried unsuccessfully to find them.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Binh Tat, 20, of Worcester, Mass., for possession and distribution of the drug “ecstasy,” following a stop for speeding on Court Street on Nov. 2. Upon questioning, police said Tat admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier that evening. Police said their search of the vehicle revealed a jar, concealed in the gas cap, containing approximately four ounces of ecstasy. Police said Tat was lodged at the Addison County Sheriff’s Department on $2,500 bail.
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week or so, Vermont State Police charged area residents with a variety of crimes, including possession of drugs or stolen property and driving under the influence. In recent activity, troopers have:
• On Nov. 2 at 1:40 a.m. stopped a car on North Street in New Haven and ended up citing Adam Josey, 24, of Richmond for driving under the influence. Police said his blood alcohol content was 0.104 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.