January 8th, 2014
VERGENNES — This past weekend’s icy, snowy weather kept Vergennes police busy: On Saturday alone, city police responded to three accidents.
Two were within or near city limits. A car slid off Panton Road, and another minor accident occurred on Route 22A right on the Vergennes-Panton line. Also that evening, Vergennes police helped the Addison County Sheriff’s Department at the scene of a one-car accident in Panton on Route 22A.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Starksboro woman was killed in a one-car crash on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro on Sunday morning.
Vermont State Police reported that Stephanie D. Patsos, 23, was driving a 2001 Saturn SL on Big Hollow Road around 11:20 a.m. when the car traveled left of center and down an embankment on the south side of the roadway.
Patsos, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle in the crash, police reported, and she succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Jan. 3 cited Bethann Bell, 49, of Hinesburg on suspicion of driving under the influence after Bell was involved in a two-vehicle accident near Case Street and Quarry Road at 5:58 p.m. that Friday. They also cited her for driving with a suspended license.
Bell was processed, cited, released and is due in court at a later date.
In other action in the past week, Middlebury police:
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MIDDLEBURY — In a stunning and unexpected move, Middlebury selectboard Vice Chairman Victor Nuovo resigned from his position on Jan. 2, the same day on which he and his colleagues were slated to discuss a conflict of interest complaint that had been lodged against him by a group of local citizens.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union expects to save district administrators’ time and increase efficiency by hiring a third-party business to manage substitute teachers in the Bristol-area schools, but some current and former substitutes have expressed concern about the plan’s effectiveness.
The district has hired Kelly Services, a company that specializes in temporary staffing nationwide. The new contract will begin in February.
ANeSU Superintendent David Adams said the new service will bring more substitutes into the district.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Thursday moved closer to adopting a 2014-2015 budget that would not trigger a tax increase if residents support it in March, but would mean the loss of one full-time teacher and the school’s part-time math instructor.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon said the impact of that roughly $1.517 million spending plan on the town’s school tax rate would be a drop of about a half-cent.
MIDDLEBURY — Merry Mulch 2014 has been postponed for one week due to the extreme cold. The annual pick-up of Christmas trees, conducted each year by the Rotary Club of Middlebury and Casella Waste Systems, will now be done Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at 8 a.m.
Middlebury residents are reminded to put their cut trees at the roadside, making sure there is nothing metal attached to the trees since they will be mulched for compost. No wreaths, please.