Archive - Feb 2, 2012
VERGENNES — A few lucky students at Vergennes Union High School laid down their pencils and math books on Monday for a special assembly in the middle school gym.
Theo Spencer, a 2006 graduate of the school, returned to his alma mater to take students down the path that led him from a state champion track star at VUHS to an acrobat studying circus art at the University of San Marcos in Argentina.
VERMONT — On Monday, Jan. 23, at 20 minutes past noon Vermont State Police Trooper Steven Gelder responded to Route 30 in Sudbury for a single-vehicle crash.
Gelder found a tractor-trailer with flatbed driven southbound by Mario Gervais, 47, of Quebec had exited off the travel portion of the wet road and collided with a guardrail. The vehicle traveled down an embankment before coming to a position of uncontrolled rest off the travel portion of Route 30.
The vehicle ruptured its diesel fuel tank, and fuel spilled onto the roadway.
ADDISON — Longtime Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace recently announced her intention to step down after more than 40 years on the job.
Grace told the selectboard that she would stay on until the end of 2012. The board put money in its proposed 2012-2013 town budget to bring a second assistant into the town office so there will be two trained employees ready to go at the end of the year. Assistant clerk Marilla Webb has served in that capacity for many years.
Tips to cure the winter blues
Three months into Permanent November (A.K.A., Global Warming, Vermont Style), this year it’s even harder than usual to know how to have fun getting through the rest of the winter.
Usually we can rely upon typical winter activities — skiing, snowboarding, sledding or even just a nice walk in a snow-covered park — to get us through February and March.
But with little-to-no snow this winter, all bets are off.
One solution? I’ve been making do with a lot of outdoor ice skating.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police recovered an empty boat from the Otter Creek off Bakery Lane on Jan. 23.
Police received a call about a boat stuck on some ice in the creek, about 100 yards upstream from Mister Up’s Restaurant. Middlebury Fire Department Technical Rescue went out and retrieved the boat and also checked near the Otter Creek Falls for any evidence that people might have been on board and fallen into the water.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury isn’t the only Addison Central Supervisory Union community that will feature some spirited local elections. A survey of the six surrounding towns with which Middlebury partners for school services shows some looming contests for selectboard, school board and other offices.
Candidates for local office had until the end of this past Monday, Jan. 30, in which to file nomination papers to get on their respective Town Meeting Day ballots.
Childhood obesity is a growing public health problem in the United States. More than one-third of all children and adolescents in America are estimated to be overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for developing heart disease and diabetes later in their lives. Childhood obesity rates in Vermont, at about 25 percent, are somewhat lower than in the nation as a whole.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 27 cited two Addison County residents they described as transients for retail theft in a high-profile Chittenden County case that dates back to late 2011.
Cited were Heather Kandzior, 30, formerly of Middlebury, and Francis Valiquette, 38, a Salisbury native, for stealing from the Williston Toys ’R Us, an act that was caught on video and broadcast late last year on local television.
Vergennes police said they were investigating on behalf of Williston police and issued the citations on behalf of that department.