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August 20th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed of the theft of an unspecified amount of money from the Middlebury Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters on Exchange Street on Aug. 13.
Investigation is ongoing.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Attempted to locate a woman who reportedly had been in distress in the Court Street Extension area on Aug. 10.
• Served a temporary restraining order on a woman in the Forest Ridge Drive area on Aug. 10.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has set its full lineup of films that will be screened at this summer’s inaugural event this August 27-30. The official 2015 Festival Schedule is now available online at middfilmfest.org/program. There is just one week until the launch of the very first event, and organizers said they have been delighted with the high caliber of films submitted and the local support from Middlebury residents and beyond.
CORNWALL — On Tuesday, the Vermont State Police Scuba Team and other search-and-rescue divisions of the VSP took advantage of a low water mark in the Otter Creek to investigate a roughly six-mile stretch of the waterway near the Cornwall-Salisbury border for possible remains of Denise Hart. The 24-year-old Hartford, Conn., woman was last seen leaving a friend’s home in Sudbury on Jan. 25.
WEST ADDISON – An East Hardwick man was killed late Monday afternoon in West Addison in a parachuting accident.
Vermont State Police reported that Joseph G. Crossley, 68, died as a result of a hard landing after parachuting out of an airplane. Police were called to a field off Route 17 around four miles west of Route 22A just beyond the intersection with Jersey Street at 4:24 p.m. on Monday. Crossley was dead when police arrived.
ST. ALBANS — Vermont will invest millions of state and local funds in Lake Champlain cleanup efforts over the next few years as part of Vermont’s Clean Water Act passed by the Legislature this session and signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin in June.
To restore the quality of Lake Champlain’s waters, Vermont will have to reduce phosphorous loading in the lake by 33.8 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is selling its 40 percent stake in Middlebury Interactive Languages, a locally based developer of software and curricula used in language education in kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms. The college on Aug. 4 said it is negotiating the sale of its share of MIL to its partner in the venture, K12 Inc., a Herndon, Va., for-profit company that creates online educational products and curriculum.
STARKSBORO — “I love being a principal,” says new Robinson Elementary School Principal Edorah Frazer. “It’s kaleidoscopic. It changes every single day.”
Frazer took the helm at the Starksboro primary school July 1, and has been preparing for the start of classes next week. She took a breather last week to introduce herself to the community and discuss her background.
BRIDPORT — It all started at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, where Monkton resident and author Ivor Hughes was giving a PowerPoint-driven lecture about the Klondike Gold Rush in northwestern Canada, which reached its apex at the end of the 19th century.
At the lecture Hughes was approached by Bridport resident Gary Payne, a grandson of George G. Shaw, who in the mid-1890s ventured to the West Coast from Long Lake, N.Y., where he eventually heard of the gold rush.
Payne was excited to talk about the gold rush.