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May 27th, 2015
Sen. Bernard Sanders officially launched his presidential campaign in Burlington this week. If the presidential election were held only in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York City and northern California, Sanders might very well win. However, voters from 46 other states will also vote for president, so it is likely that the person who takes the oath of office in front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017, will be either Hillary Rodham Clinton or whoever emerges as the Republican nominee.
Editor’s note: The Hinesburg police chief wrote this piece late last month, after Hinesburg teenager Joseph Marshall, speeding in a car, struck biker Richard Tom on Route 116, killing Tom and himself. For many in Addison County it was eerily similar to an incident two weeks earlier in which a motorist struck and killed a bicyclist in Weybridge.
If you’re sitting at your kitchen table right now and someone on the other side of the table says, “Hey, what are you doing?” and you reply, “I’m reading the Addison Independent,” then you’re having a conversation. This conversation is taking place at a volume of about 60 decibels.
Dear Sen. Bernie Sanders,
I have been reflecting, since you made the decision to run for president of our United States. Here are my ideas. Use any, if they are helpful.
1. Take care of your health. We, supporters around our country and your family, want you around on this side of the sod for a while. Whether you become president or not, we still need your voice heard. Your traveling team needs to have people who understand how to live in a healthy way. Learn de-stressing techniques.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Teens (ACT) is hosting a two-day Clothing Swap & Shop at Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3, in the hallway outside the main office. Sale hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students only, and 3-7 p.m. for the general public.
Shoppers are invited to swap their gently used clothing, accessories, jewelry, CDs, and knick-knacks for “new” used items. Those with nothing to swap can bring money and shop.
The intensity was there. The spark was there. The bombastic political rhetoric has never left. But at the moment Bernie Sanders stepped up to the podium late Tuesday afternoon to announce his candidacy for the president of the United States, there was something new: His voice cracked and his demeanor softened as he humbly and graciously thanked all those in the crowd and throughout Vermont’s largest city for their 44 years of support.
BRISTOL — On April 29 officers from the Bristol Police Department assisted Vermont State Police, who had been involved in a very brief pursuit at around 11 p.m. that resulted in the suspect’s vehicle going off the road and through a fence at Lathrop’s Mill. Bristol police called a tow truck, blocked traffic and cut the chain link fence from under the vehicle.
The driver, identified by state police as 48-year-old Donald L. Brown of Bristol, was cited for driving under the influence, second offense, by state police.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Nicholas Farrar, 35, of Middlebury for possession of stolen property, following an investigation on May 21.
Police said the investigation began when the parent of a Middlebury College student said she believed she had found a bicycle for sale on Craigslist that her daughter had previously reported stolen. Police said the young woman’s bike was recovered from a Middle Road North location.
In other action last week, Middlebury police: