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September 27th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week cited two minors — one from Leicester, one from Brandon — for second-degree arson involving an Aug. 16 fire in Benson.
On Aug. 16, firefighters from the Benson, Orwell and West Haven fire departments put out five separate fires at the former Camp E-Wen-Akee on Root Pond Road in Benson. The state police’s initial investigation has determined that these fires were intentionally set.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire and damage is estimated to be under $25,000 at this time.
Anyone driving up Lincoln Road along the New Haven River from Bristol to West Lincoln in the past few weeks is sure to have noticed a new structure hanging over the water at Eagle Park. Indeed, over the past several months regular commuters have seen the entire project slowly take shape, including the grading and construction of a ramp leading from a parking lot down toward a bend in the river, and then eventually the appearance of a sturdy new platform and railings along with some attractive landscaping.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed on Sept. 23 that a local woman had been the victim of fraud that day. The woman told police that a person claiming to be her grandson asked her to wire him money because he had been arrested in Seattle.
The woman told police she wired four transactions totaling $9,493. But she subsequently spoke with her “real” grandson and learned she had been scammed.
Police warned the public to never wire money to anyone without being sure who they are.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
This past Thursday our readers were shocked to see our regular broadsheet edition shrunk down to a tabloid size. While the general layout looked familiar — with six beefy front page stories, great photos and teasers for inside stories — the photos were slightly distorted and it had an odd look that many readers couldn’t quite put their fingers on.
But readers did notice the smaller type size; and they let us know about it!
VERGENNES — At their regular meeting last Tuesday, aldermen discussed signage at Vergennes’ oldest cemetery, the addition of a Police Explorers program for youths interested in police work, and the need — or lack thereof — for a city conservation commission.
In other business, aldermen:
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont League of Cities and Towns, at its annual Town Fair in Essex Junction on Oct. 5, will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to recently retired Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger.
This award is presented to a municipal official or employee who has dedicated his or her career to serving local government within his or her own community and through service on a statewide level on boards or commissions or the VLCT.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Sept. 18 meeting accepted a recommendation from the city’s planning commission that Vergennes does not need to create a conservation commission.
Specifically, planners suggested that aldermen not place an article on the city meeting ballot asking residents to approve a conservation commission, and aldermen agreed.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) has welcomed Carl Robinson as its new executive director.
Originally from Arizona, Robinson and his family have called Middlebury their home for the past seven years. Prior to moving to Vermont, he received his B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.