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October 13th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police said on Oct. 9 they anticipate citing six area juveniles this week on unlawful mischief charges in connection with graffiti discovered on town property in recent days. Graffiti included a phone number spray painted on the old mill by the water fall, the word “BALTAZAR” painted on the back side of the Battell Bridge facing the river along with the letter “A” with a circle around it, and another letter “A” spray painted on the front side of the bridge.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating the Saturday theft of a ceremonial Native American spearhead from the Bixby Library.
Police said a library employee discovered at about 1 p.m. on Saturday a glass display case in a second-story room had been damaged and the spearhead was missing.
Police are following at least one lead in the case, they said.
In other incidents between Oct. 3 and 9, Vergennes police:
The numbers from Tropical Storm Irene are slowly coming in, offering a fuller picture of the storm’s damage and the potential cost to the state and local communities. The challenge is to find the silver lining.
On the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan last Friday, a loyal group of protestors stood on the Bristol green for their weekly ritual — making a statement against war because they feel it’s important to not let this nation’s participation in that war go unchallenged.
Two weeks ago the Addison Central Teen Center in Middlebury almost had to close for a routine board meeting. The number of volunteers is so low that the director wasn’t going to be able to staff the center during the board’s meeting he was to attend.
So when my fiancée Mairead, who regularly volunteers there, asked me to help out, I said, “Sure, why not?”
Gov. Shumlin and Vermont’s Democratic legislative majorities do not need to be overly concerned about re-election in 2012. However, they do face a major political risk next year: the impacts of Republican control of both the presidency and Congress on Vermont’s fiscal policy.
MIDDLEBURY — If you haven’t been to the new M Gallery, above the Storm Café on Mill Street in Middlebury, mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 15, when Middlebury College students Sam Tolzmann and Madeleine Dai will host an opening of their work at 3 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
ADDISON COUNTY — According to recently released 2010 U.S. Census data, 15 Addison County towns gained residents in the past decade, while the other eight communities’ population bases shrank. The numbers also show that the population on the whole is getting older.
Middlebury, Monkton, Leicester, Ferrisburgh and Bristol saw the greatest increase in numbers in terms of overall population. (See chart below.)
Leicester saw the highest percentage increase, followed by Monkton, Ripton, Orwell and Lincoln.