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November 17th, 2011
BRISTOL — When Bristol Planning Commission Vice-Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from John “Slim” Pickens — the only citizen in attendance at the commission’s Tuesday meeting — Martin may have violated state law, according to Secretary of State Jim Condos and his deputy Brian Leven.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Elementary School’s ongoing effort to tailor its educational programs to a shrinking student population will be getting some national exposure this winter as part of a CNN television program.
The CNN program, according to Weybridge Elementary Principal Christina Johnston, will touch upon the overcrowding in some schools, contrasted with declining enrollment in others.
BRISTOL — New elements concerning a recent change to the proposed Bristol town plan have come to light.
At its Oct. 18 meeting, the planning commission revised a central component of the proposed plan after holding a public hearing on the issue in late September. The commission altered the dimensions of a no-extraction zone and passed the plan onto the selectboard, deeming there were “no substantial changes.”
But that was not wholly accurate.
MONKTON — Imagine if kids were the ones testing the boundaries of technology. Imagine if they were programming artificial intelligence into robots they built themselves. And imagine if, when widespread problems arose, students invented products to solve them.
Since September, a team of 10 Monkton youths has done just that: created and programmed an autonomous robot made of Legos and invented a prototype lunchbox to protect food from contamination in preparation for the 2011 First Lego League Robotics Competition.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen will be researching potential sites for a new city police station in the next few weeks, although they have yet to commit to spending money to replace the department’s tiny two-room office in City Hall.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s almost Thanksgiving, and once again they’re talking turkey at the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) office at 232 Boardman St. The Middlebury-based anti-poverty organization will give out more than 400 turkey baskets on Thanksgiving and Christmas to local low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t have a good celebratory meal.
MIDDLEBURY — County residents looking for some company and/or a great meal on Thanksgiving will again have two options at their disposal this year.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7823 on Exchange Street in Middlebury will host its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner, as will the Addison County Eagles Club off New Haven Road in Vergennes. Both meals have traditions dating back at least 20 years and offer a sit-down meal as well as a home-delivery option for shut-ins.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 Middlebury residents have signed a petition that urges local, state and federal governments to cooperatively get the wheels turning on a mitigation project to prevent future flooding on an East Middlebury stretch of the Middlebury River.