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August 13th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Tyler Smith, a member of the Newport Country Club, outshot Logan Boyles of the Green Mountain National Golf Course in a playoff to capture the title in the Boys’ 16- and 17-year-old Division at the Vermont PGA Junior Championship at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury this past Friday. Both golfers shot 74 strokes (three over par) in the regular 18 holes of the match before the playoff.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran stock car driver Leon Gonyo visited victory lane in nostalgic and appropriate fashion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven on Friday, Aug. 7, winning the fourth annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete.
Other winners on the night included Chad White, Robert Gordon, Chuck Bradford, and Cory Gray in action for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vermont State Police trooper responded to a one-car crash on Route 125 near Silver Street in Hancock on Aug. 4 at 8:35 p.m.
Police said Collin Buker, 24, of Rochester was driving westbound on Route 125 when a deer crossed the road in front of him. Buker reportedly piloted the 2006 Subaru Impreza he was driving off the north side of the road, crashed through the fence and into the small cemetery there. The Subaru travelled over approximately six gravestones and through the fence at the other end and into a tree.
VERGENNES — Between Aug. 3 and 9 Vergennes cited two citizens for driving under the influence of alcohol, and had a hand in a third DUI stop.
At around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, police received a call from an employee of a local convenience store who reported a drunk driver was leaving the establishment.
Police stopped a car driven by Jeffrey B. Giknis, 31, of Charlotte at the intersection of Routes 22A and 7. Police said Giknis’ blood alcohol content tested at 0.165 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. The officer cited Giknis for DUI.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a stalking complaint at a Court Street residence on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Police said a man called the department at around 2:30 a.m. to report his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend had parked his car in the caller’s driveway. Police recommended the woman take out a stalking order against the ex-boyfriend, who left the home before authorities arrived.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a possible domestic assault involving a local resident on Aug. 3.
BRISTOL — Are you ready for a witty battle of the sexes comedy? Well, who isn’t.
And why not go to the top — Shakespeare himself.
Add to this the charm of a balmy mid-August evening on the Bristol town green and you’ve got it — Bristol Gateway Players’ next offering: “Much Ado About Nothing,” Master William’s hilarious send-up of girls and boys fighting about love.
The show will be staged en plein air this Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16.
ADDISON COUNTY — Faced with mounting administrative demands on its small staff, the Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury on July 31 stopped coordinating rides for migrant workers to get to their medical appointments.
It’s a move that some fear might limit health care access for a population that currently labors in the shadows.
CORNWALL — Three Cornwall residents have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on their town selectboard that was created by the sudden death last month of incumbent Dave Sears.
Sears died following complications from a stroke on July 11, at age 56. He was widely known as a longtime broadcaster of Middlebury Union High School varsity football and Middlebury College sports. But he was also a very civic-minded individual who had served for 35 years on the local fire department, and five years on the Cornwall selectboard.