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September 27th, 2012
VERGENNES — On Sept. 21, Vergennes Union High School students, staff members and some area residents for the eighth time celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace, which the U.N. designated in 2001 to be on Sept. 21 every year.
For the past eight years, VUHS students — with the approval and support of the school’s administration — have organized a school-wide assembly on the school’s front lawn to support peace around the world, in their communities, at the school and in their lives.
BRISTOL — A verbal argument between a Bristol police officer and Bristol resident David Cobb escalated to physical violence last Sunday, after Officer Josh Otey pulled over the car Cobb was driving for making an improper right-hand turn.
According to Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, Cobb questioned the officer about why he had been stopped and failed to produce a driver’s license. The two argued, and Cobb attempted to get out of his car, Gibbs recounted; when the car door opened, it struck the police officer.
MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee will formally re-boot the search for a new Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) superintendent next month, in hopes of interviewing and hiring a finalist by early next year.
At issue with the five-year update of Middlebury’s town plan is a crucial question: should the town keep a cap limiting retail stores to 50,000 square feet.
The measure has been part of the town plan for several years now, and was initially adopted to prevent the location of a Wal-Mart, or any other big-box store, to locate on the town’s outskirts or become the anchor of another strip-type mall on the town’s periphery. If past surveys are an accurate reflection of the public mood, most residents do not want the town to become a haven for big box stores.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday began to tweak the latest town plan draft, a task based on language changes proposed by citizens at a recent public hearing, but the board decided that other, more substantial revisions will require more discussion.
Among those more substantial revision proposals to be considered further is one to delete a current reference in the plan to a cap of 50,000 square feet for retail stores.
In an essay written by a Ripton 15-year-old student contemplating the changes she faced moving from her middle school of 26 students to the 600-plus students at Middlebury Union High School, she touched on a striking revelation that many adults would do well to ponder: through her studies she had gained a sensitivity to the world around her.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes avenged an earlier setback to Middlebury to highlight local high school girls’ soccer play on Tuesday. In other action, Mount Abe won at home, but Otter Valley could not defend its home turf.
VUHS OVER MUHS
The Commodores edged the visiting Tigers in overtime, 1-0, turning the tables on MUHS, which had defeated them in OT on the road earlier this season.
In the battle against the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus (two area men died this summer because of it), there is but one hope: to contain the spread of the Culiseta melanura mosquito, and to eradicate it wherever it is found.