March 16th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Daryn Barsalou, 18, of Bristol pleaded innocent to Dec. 15 charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both, and possession of a depressant/stimulant/narcotic. A status conference was set for a later date.
Amanda Benson, 25, of Starksboro pleaded guilty to a Jan. 21 charge of driving with a suspended license, and was fined $147 and ordered to complete the Reparative Board.
ADDISON — Long-time Addison County obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alan Ayer, who delivered well over 5,000 babies and practiced in this area more than 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, March 13. He was 71 years old.
Ayer was a native of Maine, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.
Ayer was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer, who has represented Addison County as a Democrat in the Vermont Senate since first being elected in 2002.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Gas Systems officials last year knew the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline through Addison County would cost much more than anticipated, but waited more than five months to tell regulators — even after the Department of Public Service requested that it do so.
This information came to light in recent testimony by Vermont Gas executives in a Public Service Board proceeding to determine whether the company violated board procedure by not providing timely cost updates for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
UPDATED: VERGENNES — Someone robbed the People’s United Bank on Main Street in Vergennes on Friday afternoon, Vergennes police said.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Middlebury College’s Rob Cone claimed the men’s giant slalom national title on day two of competition at the 2015 NCAA Skiing Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., to highlight the Panther ski team’s efforts in the multi-day competition.
The Independent will publish full results for the Panthers in the Thursday edition.
ADDISON COUNTY — Three school boards in northern Addison County met early this week to consider new budget proposals after voters said “no” to initial proposed spending plans on Town Meeting Day.
The Vergennes Union High School and the Bristol Elementary School boards met on Monday evening and the Mount Abraham Union High School Board convened on Tuesday. All three meetings garnered a couple dozen visitors.
The boards did not warn any new budgets for revote, but all plan to meet again next week.
MIDDLEBURY — This spring will certainly be a season of renewal for Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services.
The nonprofit organization has hired a new executive director who will be launching some new services aimed at making MREMS more financially stable. The new hire — Ric Lavallee — will also lead a fund-raising effort to replace one of MREMS’ aging ambulances.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President-elect Laurie L. Patton is not even officially on the institution’s payroll yet, but she took time from her ongoing duties at Duke University to visit Middlebury municipal officials to assure them that maintaining a cordial and productive relationship with the town will be one of the top priorities of her administration.