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The death of a 16-year-old student at Mount Abe has sent shock waves throughout that school community, the town of New Haven and closest neighbors. Her suicide is particularly troubling because its cause is likely connected to senseless cyber bullying, hateful speech, and indiscriminate meanness cultivated by a culture of online anonymity. After grief, better education at the school and among the community is the appropriate, if inadequate, tonic.
Editor’s note: The following contains graphic language.
BRISTOL — The suicide of a Mount Abraham Union High School junior this past Wednesday has left the Bristol school and many in the surrounding towns reeling, and the girl’s family is pointing to bullying at school and online as a cause.
Olivia Mae Scott, 16, of New Haven ended her life on Oct. 9 at her family’s home on River Road.
Family members and a family friend point to specific examples of bullying that Olivia endured in the month leading up to her death.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union board on Oct. 16 will consider a major change in how it assigns special education and central office expenses to the eight districts within the union, a change that would likely result in a property tax increase for Middlebury residents.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes resident who last month asked the city council to reconsider its support for the proposed Vermont Gas Systems Addison County pipeline said he would start a petition that will seek to place the issue before Vergennes voters.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard has asked the Shumlin Administration to oppose the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., and instead work with VGS on a financing plan to plot a pipeline route directly from Middlebury south to Rutland.
WEYBRIDGE — The partial shutdown of the federal government and the expiration of the farm bill have put Addison County dairy farmers in a precarious position. Without a price stabilization program or access to crucial information like crop reports and other federal resources, farmers have to make important business decisions based on educated guesses rather than hard data.
But it’s not just the farmers who are suffering. Some of those who support farms and the farm economy are also closed out of jobs or frustrated by government shutdown.
MIDDLEBURY — Delaying until next March a vote on new Middlebury municipal offices and a new recreation center could add $353,000 more to the project price tag than if the matter were decided this December, according to new information unveiled on Tuesday by members of a panel charged with mapping out the proposal.
MIDDLEBURY — The first time Amy Yuen, 34, looked for a house she was a graduate student in Atlanta. The housing bubble had yet to burst and houses moved fast, selling within a few months at most, in the city known for its sprawl.