September 30th, 2013
MONTPELIER — The four Addison Northwest Supervisory Union schools are among the 27 Vermont elementary, middle and high schools chosen to participate in field testing the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, a new computer-based educational testing program that will replace the state’s current NECAP tests for Math and English Language Arts in the spring of 2015.
MIDDLEBURY — The man accused in a string of burglaries committed in Addison County earlier this year faced additional charges this past Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court’s Criminal Division in Middlebury — and was again denied bail.
According to court documents, Raymond Ritchie, 37, of Addison was arraigned Sept. 25 for four more felony counts of burglary, each of which carry a potential life sentence because of his seven prior felony convictions, one from 2005 and six from 2001.
ADDISON COUNTY — The anticipated expiration of the U.S. farm bill on Tuesday could increase uncertainty for one of Addison County’s major business sectors, as well as cast the future of food security programs used by local residents in doubt.
“Dairy farmers will be left without a safety net,” Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont’s lone congressman, said on Friday.
MIDDLEBURY — As Hospice Volunteer Services Director Priscilla Baker knows, death can be a tough subject to discuss — particularly when it involves one’s own mortality or that of a loved one.
“We are a death-phobic society,” she said on Thursday. “We want to help people find the right language and safety in the conversation.”
BRANDON — The Compass Music and Arts Center offers a great opportunity to see a selection of work by one of the area’s most beloved artists. Prindle Wissler was a lifelong artist and teacher who studied art at Skidmore College and Columbia University but was a lifetime learner, making discoveries and messes, as she would say, right up to the time of her death in 2011 at the age of 99.
WEYBRIDGE — Around 150 Weybridge voters turned out at a special town meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to earmark $475,980 in embezzlement-related insurance settlement funds to a variety of municipal uses, with the lion’s share going to the creation of a “major equipment fund” for future substantial purchases. And residents declined the selectboard’s invitation to use $50,000 of the money as a property tax rebate.
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police are inviting any Addison County resident who has been the victim of a burglary or theft since 2010 to come to VSP’s Route 7 barracks in New Haven on Oct. 7 to view a cache of stolen property recovered from an Addison home.
Full story: New burglary charges brought against Addison man
The viewing hours next Monday are set for 10 a.m. until noon and from 5 to 7 p.m.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14 will be hosting a Halloween Costume Karaoke Dance Party on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1-2 p.m. at the American Legion in Vergennes, followed by Trunk or Treat in the parking lot from 2-3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.