October 22nd, 2012
BRISTOL — A Bristol man who was originally charged with attempted murder in a 2011 shooting incident that apparently revolved around a heroin deal gone bad, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and been sentenced to nearly three years in jail.
Dean C. Heffernan, 28, of Bristol was sentenced late last week in U.S. District Court in Rutland to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
MIDDLEBURY — Beth Dow went from being a happy dog owner to a volunteer that plays a key role in helping others in the area adopt rescue dogs.
Four years ago, the Middlebury resident and husband Steve — animal lovers who now have two dogs, six cats and two horses at their Route 116 home — were looking to add a dog through petfinder.com, a web site at which many rescue organizations list animals available for adoption.
MIDDLEBURY — East Middlebury residents on Saturday morning will get their first comprehensive look at their new fire station, a 50-foot-by-60-feet building completed within budget and in less than five months.
“This is a very exciting time for the Middlebury Fire Department (MFD),” Lt. Pat Shaw said on Thursday as he opened, with the flick of a switch, the two 14-foot-by14-foot bay doors that will soon accommodate — with plenty of room to spare — the fire apparatus that will continue to protect the East Middlebury community.
FERRISBURGH — After a decade of planning, a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a 8,000-mile sea journey from a boat-builder in Washington State to the Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain, Middlebury College’s new research vessel has finally arrived home.
The R/V David Folger, named for a beloved geology professor who launched the college’s marine studies and lake research component of his department’s curriculum, was officially dedicated this past Saturday.
ADDISON COUNTY — The local facility that area residents have known as the Addison County Humane Society has undergone a major facility expansion in the last year. With their new building, they have also adopted a new name, Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury and its 38 unionized workers have come to terms on a new, three-year contract that will afford employees annual pay increases of 2 percent but require them to contribute a little more toward their health insurance premiums.
ADDISON COUNTY — Of course the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center provides the adoption and emergency shelter services that many would expect from a local animal shelter.
But the Middlebury organization also provide many other services that sometimes go unnoticed. These social service programs contribute to the safety and wellbeing of the animals in our areas and work to make our community shelter an organization we can all be proud of.
Here are a few of these special programs that our shelter provides for Addison County animal families.
CORNWALL — Workers on Thursday began removing asbestos from the former Lavalley Store building in Cornwall village, a task that is expected to culminate in the demolition and removal of the structure before the end of the year.