March 7th, 2013
VERGENNES — Vergennes police investigated two assaults this past weekend and filed charges against a Northlands Job Corps student in one case.
City police cited Sherrelle N. Smith, 19, of Rochester, N.Y., for aggravated assault on March 1 and lodged her at the Chittenden County Correctional Center after Smith allegedly attacked a fellow female Northlands student.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Lynda W. Bushman, 50, of Middlebury for larceny at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Court Street Extension on Feb. 27. Rite Aid officials told police they suspected Bushman, an employee of the store, had stolen some pills.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Were informed of the theft of a woman’s wallet from a Porter Drive office on Feb. 25. Police said the wallet was found in the trash.
BRIDPORT — Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Conley has decided to close Bridport Central School for the remainder of this week after most of the student body and several adults contracted a mysterious stomach ailment on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7.
VERGENNES — Voters in the three towns that send students to the Vergennes Union Elementary School approved a proposed spending plan by a margin of 447-322 on Town Meeting Day.
The school budgeted $4.08 million in spending for the fiscal year that beginns July 1.
Votes from Vergennes, Waltham and Panton are co-mingled, so results from the individual towns are not available.
MONTPELIER — Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.
On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee, after weeks of testimony, passed H.112, or the “GMO labeling bill,” by an 8-3 vote. H.112 requires producers to put labels on raw agricultural and processed, packaged food products that are genetically engineered. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials got two doses of good news last week: Formal ratification of a new one-year contract with local teachers, and settlement of a longstanding lawsuit that had been filed against the district by former ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease.
MIDDLEBURY — After serving more than three decades as Middlebury’s town planner, Fred Dunnington will literally sail into retirement come July 1.
Dunnington, 59, and his longtime partner, Dorothy Mammen plan to set sail this summer for adventures on the high seas — though they promised that Middlebury will remain their home port.