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August 20th, 2014
WEST HAVEN — Joey “Fireball” Roberts sat through a half-hour rain delay and braved cool temperatures this past Friday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait was worth it — Roberts dominated Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night for his second Bond Auto Parts Modified victory of the season. He was joined as a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winner during the evening by Josh Masterson, Stephen Donahue, and Mike Whalen Jr.
MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team, former player Brooke Jette and the Middlebury Recreation Department are offering their annual clinic to elementary school students on Mondays — and one Wednesday — this fall.
VERGENNES — On Aug. 12 Vergennes police patrolled the city and surrounding area in a driving-under-the-influence patrol. Police issued six speeding tickets, one ticket for not wearing a seatbelt and one ticket to a tractor-trailer driver whose brakes did not work properly.
In addition to conducting several foot patrols, Vergennes police last week:
• On Aug. 11 cited Randy S. Rodgers, 49, of Mineville, N.Y., for driving with a criminally suspended license and for speeding on Panton Road.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Saturday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m. Vermont State Police rushed to a one-car crash on Morgan Road in Salisbury. Police said the 16-year-old driver of the Honda Accord had fallen asleep at the wheel and traveled off the roadway, overturning in a ditch.
The driver, who sustained a broken elbow, was taken to a local hospital by a family member. The car was a total loss. State police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
In other recent activity, state police:
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for a rash of vehicle break-ins reported in various parts of town on Monday, Aug. 18.
ADDISON COUNTY — The latest book by Bristol resident and Addison Independent outdoor columnist Matthew Dickerson hit the shelves last week.
Dickerson describes “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia,” co-authored by David L. O’Hara, as a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir and philosophical and spiritual inquiry.
ADDISON COUNTY — Most property owners in the five-town area are seeing higher tax bills than last year.
Selectboards in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro set municipal tax rates in the past month or so to pay for town staffing obligations and highway spending.
Town leaders have also received final homestead and non-residential school tax rates from the state, allowing towns to send out 2014-2015 tax bills. Each of the five towns are served by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.