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VERGENNES — The Agency of Transportation on Dec. 9 awarded Vergennes a $40,500 “Strong Communities, Better Connections Grant” that city officials said would be used to plan how to achieve some of the priorities identified earlier this year in the Vermont Council on Rural Development “Community Visit” process in Vergennes.
BARRE — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell on Dec. 11 announced that Scott Cota of Ferrisburgh was sentenced in the Vermont Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division, to four to 15 years to serve for six counts of promoting child pornography and one count of violating the terms of his probation.
The child pornography charges resulted from a shared investigation between the South Burlington Police Department, Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.
SHOREHAM — WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, a Shoreham-based business, has announced the arrival of The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer, the brand’s follow-up to last year’s Double Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
This 100 percent rye whiskey is bottled at full barrel strength; and at approximately 117 to 124 proof. Spirit of Mortimer continues The Boss Hog legacy as WhistlePig’s most premium products.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday warned that the 2015 legislative session will be dominated by tough financial decisions and he sees little opportunity for debate on such issues as the legalization of marijuana.
FERRISBURGH — After a second potential buyer pulled out, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has put the town’s 34.91-acre parcel next to Vergennes back on the market, four years after the board originally sought a buyer.
Town officials remain upset with the Act 250 process and a new law that prompted auto dealer Tom Denecker to walk away from a $350,000 deal to buy the land.
MIDDLEBURY — About 40 Middlebury College students on this past Wednesday evening took part in a “die-in” to raise awareness about police oppression of minority groups.
The event was organized by freshmen Kizzy Joseph and Elizabeth Dunn, and senior Molly Stuart. The trio said the impetuses for the die-in were the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — black men who died at the hands of police in Missouri and New York, respectively.
MIDDLEBURY — After having decorated the Middlebury Community House for the holidays for many years, this year the Middlebury Garden Club decorated the Ilsley Library with the thought that more people would get to enjoy the decorations.
The Better Middlebury Partnership donated the two beautiful wreaths hung on the two large pillars in front of the library. Doug Sinclair of the Sinclair Family Tree Farm donated an enormous tree, which is decorated in red and gold with the theme “The Holidays Take Flight.”
VERGENNES — For most of Friday night’s first quarter, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team went toe-to-toe with visiting Division II title contender Mill River — after five minutes, they trailed by just four, 13-9.
But then foul trouble, defensive problems and the Minutemen’s full-court press combined to take the wind out of the Commodores’ sails — MRU went on a 14-0 run and coasted to a 60-29 victory in what was the Commodores’ season opener after two postponements.