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July 26th, 2012
VERGENNES — Efforts to increase awareness of climate change have taken to the open road. A group of young environmentalists are biking through the state, acting as partners with the organization Climate Summer, a program aimed at connecting with local leaders to address issues pertaining to efficient energy sources.
Climate Summer is a internship program for college-age students run by Better Future Project, a nonprofit organization founded in January 2011 that promotes leadership development and heads initiatives in environmental issues.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously supported two new investments in the ongoing fire station improvement projects to make the two buildings even more durable for the future.
First, the board OK’d a proposal to equip station one on Seymour Street and station two in East Middlebury with an epoxy floor treatment that will make the surface more durable and less susceptible to slips for firefighters moving in haste while responding to a call.
On Independence Day I left behind the pomp and circumstance for a day of fly-fishing and solitude along mountain tributaries.
This was an uncanny decision for a “people person” like myself. On most holidays, and particularly the Fourth, you’ll usually find me mingling with a range of characters, tossing back beers and enjoying the festivities. But this year I needed some time to myself.
Our daughter is away this week, so we’re redoing her room as a late 13th birthday present. It’s no secret that we spoil her rotten, and this is just one more way to pamper her. When she gets home, her room will have two new luxuries: multiple electrical outlets — grounded, no less — and heat.
She’s a princess, all right.
MIDDLEBURY –– Planned Parenthood is a national reproductive health care provider, which is divided into regional affiliates. The Middlebury Health Center is one of 10 sites that comprise Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE).
Planned Parenthood provides a variety of reproductive health services to men and women, explained Jill Krowinski, director of Vermont public affairs for PPNNE.
VERGENNES — Early this spring, the original plan for one of the most prominent pieces of the Vergennes skyline called for a paint job.
That’s when Tim and Liz Ryan, owners of the Ryan Block, a Main Street landmark that has borne their family name since a previous generation bought the 172-year-old building in 1965, asked Cornwall’s Jonathan Hescock for cosmetic work on the cupola atop their three-story structure.
BRISTOL — From July 8 to July 24, the Bristol Police Department dealt with several intoxicated drivers.
One of those drivers was Douglas Powell, 55, of Brandon.
Just after 6 a.m. on July 22 a person driving along Route 116 called the police to tell them that it appeared a man was sleeping in his car at the traffic light before the one-lane Stoplight Bridge.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Joseph P. Pelkey, 43, of Middlebury for first-degree domestic assault, following an alleged incident on July 16. Police said the victim reported being choked.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a reported family dispute at a Washington Street residence on July 16.
• Received, from a good Samaritan, a wallet found near the steps of the Vermont Folklife Center on Main Street on July 16. Police helped find the owner of the wallet.