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October 5th, 2015
GRANVILLE — The tiny Granville Fire Department is taking on a huge responsibility for itself and two neighboring communities. It has agreed to spearhead first-response services for Granville, Hancock and Rochester in the wake of last year’s decision by White River Valley Ambulance Inc. (WRVA) to close its Route 100 branch.
MIDDLEBURY — The regular changing of the guard within Vermont’s local courthouses has brought a new presiding judge to Addison County — Samuel Hoar Jr., who replaces Judge Robert Mello, who has been transferred to Franklin County Superior Court.
Addison County’s new judge hopes to be spending the next two years in Addison County’s courthouse, and he does not mind getting a change of scenery on a regular basis.
SHOREHAM/ORWELL — Vermont State Police on Wednesday, Sept. 30, cited Matthew Hinton, 25, of Rutland for burglary and possession of stolen property in connection with three break-ins reported in Orwell and Shoreham the previous Monday.
BRISTOL — As merrymakers began arriving for the Bristol Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, a group of 14 volunteers with the New Haven River Anglers Association fanned out along Bristol streets on a serious mission.
In groups of twos and threes they stopped at storm drains in the village center, laid down a stencil, and painted a message for anyone who deposits waste — fluids and solids — into the gutters:
“Keep It Clean, Drains To River.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police continue to investigate a fatal accident involving a collision between a pickup truck and a farm vehicle on Route 7 South in Middlebury on Saturday evening.
MONTPELIER — Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning. The peak of their breeding season is late September and the first two weeks of October.
ADDISON COUNTY — Forty-five years ago, a lone male peregrine falcon spotted at Mt. Pisgah above Lake Willoughby was the last wild falcon left in Vermont. The last. The entire species had been wiped out (technically “extirpated,” not extinct), not only in Vermont, not only in the Northeast, but throughout its entire range east of the Mississippi.
This year, state wildlife biologists reported 44 cliff-nesting pairs producing a record 67 chicks — several in Addison County.
NEW HAVEN — With cooling temperatures and a fire-red sunset outside of Tourterelle Restaurant and Inn’s tented pavilion, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized Two Brothers Tavern, Paul Ralston and the Middlebury Rotary Club with its top awards at the organization’s annual meeting last Wednesday evening.
Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern received the 2015 Business of the Year Award, which recognizes businesses that have grown, while providing excellent products or service and doing well by their employees and the community.