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April 1st, 2013
BRISTOL — The location may have been rural Vermont, but the ambiance was entirely French at the Mount Abraham Union High School cafeteria last Thursday. French music piped in through the speakers, crisp, white tablecloths dressed up the cafeteria, and students gathered to converse in French over a gourmet meal prepared by chef Bill Snell of New Haven’s Tourterelle restaurant.
NEW HAVEN — K9 Vincent of the Vermont State Police New Haven Barracks will be receiving his bullet- and stab-proof vest thanks to a nationwide Groupon event. K9 Vincent is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois assigned to handler Senior Trooper Justin Busby. K9 Vincent is certified in narcotics detection and patrol techniques for the Vermont State Police.
ADDISON COUNTY — Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and for some homes and businesses, the increased sun exposure may mean more than starting gardens, wearing shorts and slathering on SPF-65.
A growing number of homeowners around Addison County are considering putting photovoltaic solar panels on their rooftops or in their yards, which until recently constituted a substantial up-front investment — from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the home and the location.
VERGENNES — Vergennes city council members at their meeting last week said they will almost certainly fill the vacancy on the council at their April 9 meeting, and two candidates have emerged for the vacancy created when Alderman Bill Benton won a race for mayor on March 5.
BRANDON — A neighboring landowner has appealed a recent Brandon Development Review Board decision to permit a medical marijuana dispensary on Lovers Lane.
Joanne Nichols filed an appeal to the Vermont Environmental Court on March 21, citing numerous concerns with the proposed facility, including issues of safety, privacy, odor and air quality, pesticides and fertilizers, and the potential risk of living next to a “high-crime target.”
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas Systems will hold an informational meeting on Monday, April 1, in the Middlebury Municipal Gym, from 7-9 p.m. to discuss potential pipeline routes for its proposed natural gas pipeline.
BRISTOL — During this month’s annual Legion Birthday Dinner in Bristol, Commander Ron LaRose presented the annual Above and Beyond Awards to Brenda Boutin of Starksboro and Jim Rivers of Bristol.
Boutin was nominated by Jan McCleery for her exceptional volunteer work for the Starksboro Senior Meal Program. She spends many hours procuring food and product donations that she uses to prepare the meals and desserts for all that attend. The number of people served at this monthly meal has increased to 45.
ADDISON COUNTY — It was a dream season for longtime Coach Connie LaRose’s Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team, which won the Division II title with a 23-1 record thanks to skill, teamwork, chemistry, hard work and relentless defense.