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August 30th, 2012
BRISTOL — When husband-wife duo Jeff Weaber and Katina Martin moved back to Addison County in 2005, Martin — a naturopathic physician — founded Salisbury Natural Family Health the following year.
Weaber, with his years of brewing experience in Oregon, decided to combine his and his wife’s skillsets to create a beverage high in vitamins and probiotic yeast and bacteria: kombucha, a slightly fermented tea first produced in Asia. In the autumn of 2007, the kombucha company Aqua Vitea was born in the basement of Weaber and Martin’s Salisbury home.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police interviewed a local woman who on Aug. 23 said she had received two letters from an unknown person alleging that her husband was “cheating on her.”
One of the two letters included a cell phone number to call. The cell phone, police determined, belongs to a 17-year-old Cornwall youth who said he did not write the letters and did not have any knowledge why his phone number was included in the letters.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department dealt with a variety of calls between Aug. 7 and 15. The most noteworthy was on Aug. 7, when Bristol officers assisted Vermont State Police and other agencies in arresting Katherine Heffernan, 27, of Bristol and charging her with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it.
Police said Heffernan had more than 60 bags of heroin and more than $9,000 in cash on her when arrested (more on this story can be found in the Aug. 13 edition of the Independent).
VERGENNES — With a little help from Mother Nature, the 31st annual Vergennes Day drew a crowd on Saturday to the Little City and ran smoothly, according to city officials and its primary organizer, Marguerite Senecal of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.
“The day couldn’t have been more tailor-made. It was gorgeous that day,” Senecal said. “And it all went like clockwork.”
Because no tickets are sold, officials have no good way to measure the crowd, which typically numbers in the thousands.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center this week announced the completion of “Weathering the Storm,” a new audio documentary that explores the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on hard-hit communities throughout the state. “Weathering the Storm” features the voices of 40 Vermonters from 12 towns, addressing the experience of the storm and the continuing process of recovery.
VERGENNES — Work has begun to correct longstanding drainage problems in the Crosby Farms development area, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen on at their Aug. 21 meeting.
Hawley said after a firm was hired to “televise” about 60 percent of the stormwater drainage systems, two blockages were found, some iron bars (known as rebar, which holds concrete in place) sticking into one 24-inch pipe, and a 15-by-6-inch stone in another drainage pipe.
BRANDON — Three months after Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont had set a new standard for the rest of the country as crews worked to repair and replace roads and bridges in record time. To the credit of state and local officials, critical flood plain development policies and regulations were coming to the fore with the epic flooding as an eerie exclamation point.