August 7th, 2014
VERGENNES — When Joshua Cook received his Eagle Scout badge this summer, he felt thrilled.
At age 19, he had finally completed what he had set out to accomplish at the age of 12. When he accepted his Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes on June 29, it was a culmination of an effort that lasted throughout his teenage years.
WEST HAVEN — Jessey Mueller left the crowd speechless at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, staging a spectacular comeback to win the third annual C.J. Richards Memorial presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete. The 19-year-old from Olmstedville, N.Y., took the fourth round of the Northern Modified Challenge Series with the win, and was joined in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory lane during the evening by Bristol’s Josh Masterson, Shawn Duquette and Bobby LaVair.
My name is Deric Bacon. I live in Middlebury. A lot of you know about the little girl who got hit by a car near Otter Creek Child Center a few months ago. Since then I have been putting the “slow” signs out near the road every day. The OCCC took my picture, did a write-up and put it in the Addison Independent.
Congratulations to Zach Despart and the Addison Independent for its front-page report on the sorry state of Vermont’s overburdened mental health system, under which our prison system has, in effect, become the largest mental health care provider in the state.
This week’s writers are Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison; Sen. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven; and Rep. Willem Jewett, D. Ripton. This letter was sent to Gov. Shumlin and copied to Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, and Susan Hudson of the Vermont Public Service Board.
BRISTOL — Crews have begun construction on a number of improvements to Prince Lane in the heart of Bristol. Project administrator Carol Wells said the work will make the area safer for motorists and pedestrians, as well as improve the downtown aesthetics.
“The impetus of the project was to improve appearances, taking down all the ugly wires and poles, screening in the dumpsters, and mainly to provide safe access to pedestrians,” Wells said.
LINCOLN/QUEBEC — Mountain biker Alison Zimmer of Lincoln said that the outcome of her race at the UCI Downhill World Cup race in Mount Saint Anne, Quebec, this past weekend was not so awesome. But she did have an awesome development in her professional biking career, nevertheless.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In what he said is a victory for consumers, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has authored legislation that will allow Americans to switch wireless carriers while keeping their cell phone or tablet.
The process, known as “unlocking,” affords consumers more freedom to choose the wireless carrier and mobile device that best suits them.
On Friday, President Obama signed the legislation, formally titled the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.