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April 2nd, 2012
President Barack Obama inspired Vermonters last Friday with a stem-winder of a 30-minute campaign speech that reminded the 4,500 in attendance about the political power of unity.
Advocating for fair taxes, expanded health care, a push for higher education and a nation that looks after each other, Obama made the case that the nation was stronger when everyone is pulling for each other.
BRISTOL — Rep. Dave Sharpe, Bristol-D, told the Bristol selectboard on Monday that the town might end up saving more than $100,000 on the South Street Bridge replacement project, slated for 2013.
He explained a section in the Transportation Bill passed by the Vermont House last week, which would require towns to pay only 5 percent of the total cost of a bridge replacement project — instead of the usual 10 percent — with the state picking up the balance.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team faced arguably its toughest test to date, a home game after a day of travel back from Colorado against Bowdoin, which reached the 2011 NCAA Division III final four.
The Polar Bears entered the contest at just 4-2, but were also getting back their best player from injury, center midfielder Katie Stewart.
The Panthers, who last week were ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division III, still won by six, 16-10, to improve to 8-0 overall, 5-0 in NESCAC play.
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police early Friday morning took into protective custody a drunken, gun-wielding New Haven resident following a more than seven-hour standoff that closed traffic on Route 7.
It was at around 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, that troopers from the New Haven barracks responded to a reported domestic disturbance at a Route 7 home in New Haven that they said involved “an intoxicated male with a firearm.”
MIDDLEBURY — Former Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Lee Sease has filed a lawsuit against his former employer in U.S. District Court, claiming he was unlawfully fired last spring.
Sease further claims he was not given reasons for his termination and alleges he was not given a chance to be heard on the matter. He is urging the court to award him damages, including lost wages and benefits. Sease received a total annual compensation package (salary and benefits) of $127,321, according to court records.
MIDDLEBURY — When His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama makes his third visit to Middlebury next October he will bring a new message appropriate to a world that is struggling with a global financial crisis and religious differences. New, and yet the message of the spiritual leader of Tibet and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be rooted in the ancient tradition of Buddhism.
VERGENNES — The U.S. Department of Labor will not renew Alutiiq LLC’s contract to operate Northlands Job Corps, the federal job training center in Vergennes.
However, Ted Fitzgerald, the DOL’s Regional Director for Public Affairs for the area that includes New England and New York, said this week that Alutiiq’s contract will be extended through the end of 2012 to give the DOL time to find a new firm to run the MacDonough Drive center.
BRISTOL — Local lawmakers on Monday hailed the Vermont House’s passage last week of proposed fiscal year 2013 General Fund and transportation budgets, spending plans they said would maintain key services for Vermonters while beefing up repairs to the Vermont’s roads and bridges.
The $5.01 billion state budget reflects a 6.4 percent hike in spending but will not require any increase in broad-based taxes, Rep. Willem Jewett said at the Legislative Breakfast in Bristol. The Ripton Democrat serves as assistant majority leader of the House.