November 21st, 2011
VERMONT — Vermonters are watching with bated breath as lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate the next Farm Bill, a law renewed every five years that defines federal agricultural spending and legislation.
Or rather, Vermonters are trying to watch. Even those keeping tabs on the process, however, say they have little idea of what’s being discussed behind closed doors.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police during the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 16, investigated complaints about a man distributing racist literature to passersby and storeowners in the Marble Works shopping complex.
Investigating police officer Kristine Bowdish said a local man had been passing out stickers that evening bearing three different racist messages, including, “Enough! Whites: let’s start taking back America now!” and “Stop Immigration! Non-whites are turning America into a Third World slum.”
VERMONT — A new Vermont State Police policy seeks to separate federal immigration enforcement and local policing, placing Vermont’s policies in stark contrast with states across the country that are seeking to clamp down on immigration violations.
MIDDLEBURY — Though they are separated by many miles, the Counter family remains a tight-knit bunch. So when Betty Counter, 87, had a medical issue that was going to prevent her from attending her granddaughter Cara’s Oct. 29 wedding in San Francisco, she was devastated.
“I wanted to go so bad, but it’s such a long way,” Betty, a longtime Middlebury resident, said on Monday as she convalesced at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
BRISTOL — A recent string of Bristol burglaries has many townspeople worried. But there may be something that Bristol Police District residents can do.
Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said the unusual increase in burglaries is perhaps double what it was last year, though he hadn’t yet quantified the change. He pointed to a rising demand for heroin in Bristol and a short-staffed police department as reasons contributing to this increase.
MIDDLEBURY — Seniors from Middlebury, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham union high schools played well in and enjoyed Saturday’s 11th Annual North-South All-Star Football Game, hosted by Middlebury College.
The four Tigers and two Otters may have enjoyed the game a little more than the Eagle representative, as their South team erupted after a scoreless first half to claim a 35-8 victory.
BRISTOL — At a meeting Tuesday evening, the Bristol Planning Commission with help from Addison County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Adam Lougee moved forward with restructuring the town’s zoning ordinance in accordance with a proposed update of the town plan.
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police late Friday released the names of the two troopers who were first to arrive on the scene at an incident early Thursday morning that ended in the death of 52-year-old Gerald “Dusty” Woodburn. State police said Woodburn took his own life following his involvement in a domestic dispute at his home off Lake Dunmore Road during the early morning of Nov. 17.