November 17th, 2011
Note: This is continuing in the theme of dank, scummy holes to explore nearby. It also dovetails nicely with the Otter Creek theme. This is a dank hole under Otter Creek. You’ll love it.
Believe it or not, there's a cave behind these falls.
When I told my editor about the cave behind the falls in Middlebury, I failed to mention certain things.
Updated 11/17/11 4:15 p.m.
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police reported that a Salisbury man apparently shot and killed himself early this morning after troopers were called to his home for a domestic dispute, and the man pointed a gun at them.
VSP this afternoon said that Gerald “Dusty” Woodburn, 52, died in the incident, but no one else was injured.
BRISTOL — When Bristol Planning Commission Vice-Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from John “Slim” Pickens — the only citizen in attendance at the commission’s Tuesday meeting — Martin may have violated state law, according to Secretary of State Jim Condos and his deputy Brian Leven.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Elementary School’s ongoing effort to tailor its educational programs to a shrinking student population will be getting some national exposure this winter as part of a CNN television program.
The CNN program, according to Weybridge Elementary Principal Christina Johnston, will touch upon the overcrowding in some schools, contrasted with declining enrollment in others.
BRISTOL — New elements concerning a recent change to the proposed Bristol town plan have come to light.
At its Oct. 18 meeting, the planning commission revised a central component of the proposed plan after holding a public hearing on the issue in late September. The commission altered the dimensions of a no-extraction zone and passed the plan onto the selectboard, deeming there were “no substantial changes.”
But that was not wholly accurate.
MONKTON — Imagine if kids were the ones testing the boundaries of technology. Imagine if they were programming artificial intelligence into robots they built themselves. And imagine if, when widespread problems arose, students invented products to solve them.
Since September, a team of 10 Monkton youths has done just that: created and programmed an autonomous robot made of Legos and invented a prototype lunchbox to protect food from contamination in preparation for the 2011 First Lego League Robotics Competition.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen will be researching potential sites for a new city police station in the next few weeks, although they have yet to commit to spending money to replace the department’s tiny two-room office in City Hall.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s almost Thanksgiving, and once again they’re talking turkey at the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) office at 232 Boardman St. The Middlebury-based anti-poverty organization will give out more than 400 turkey baskets on Thanksgiving and Christmas to local low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t have a good celebratory meal.