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March 16th, 2017
BRANDON — Brandon is home to a lot of unique individuals, but a truly rare bird paid a visit last week.
A beautiful white trumpeter swan attracted the interest and excitement of the birding community when a fine specimen was seen off Route 73 in the Otter Creek floodwaters hanging out with a flock of Canada geese.
Carl Phelps owner of Miller Hill Farm, Nursery and Gardens in Sudbury spotted the swan on Wednesday, March 8, south of the railroad overpass.
MIDDLEBURY — This Sunday, March 19, Middlebury’s religious community will hold the third in a monthly series of community conversations that touch on religion in contemporary America.
“Anti-Semitism: Then and Now” will take place 4-5:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Middlebury (UCC).
JOHNSON — Vermont 4-H’ers participating in this year’s Poultry Activity Day proved that they know their chickens and eggs.
University of Vermont Extension 4-H organized the event, which took place March 4 at Johnson State College. It included a poultry skill-a-thon, Jeopardy, presentations by 4-H’ers and a Crafty Chicken Show.
RUTLAND — Jake Desjadon, 30, of Vergennes on March 10 pleaded innocent in state criminal court in Rutland to three felonies and two misdemeanor charges stemming from what Vermont State Police allege are multiple burglaries and from the circumstances of his March 9 arrest by VSP and Vergennes police.
Desjadon was ordered held in the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $75,000 bail.
BRANDON — A Brandon man identified as a habitual offender with three previous felonies has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated domestic assault.
Brandon police responded to a report of a family fight in Bridge Park on Friday, March 10, and arrested Jeremy J. Young, 42.
The victim told police that Young pushed her down while she was holding their child, choked her, pulled a clump of her hair out, and pulled out one of her teeth with his bare hands.
The victim also claimed that Young threw a punch at her, missed, and hit the child.
BRISTOL — Local police worked with Vermont State Police to arrest a man in Bristol on March 10 — twice in one day.
On Friday, March 10, at around 1:31 a.m. police were called to Main Street on a report that Joshua Bley, 36, had approached a woman on the sidewalk and shouted at her from his vehicle. Bley, who was described by Bristol police as an Oregon resident and by state police as a Lincoln resident, allegedly yelled out to the female, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid,” and attempted to engage her in conversation.
MIDDLEBURY — One afternoon last week, in the newly renovated kitchen of Two Brothers Tavern’s underground Lounge, executive chef Matt Corrente prepped one Neapolitan pizza after another to the cranked-up backdrop of Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.” Surrounded by boxes and soon-to-be installed equipment, Corrente moved about the new kitchen space, whose chic black walls create an open facade that protrudes out of the corner next to the bar.
MIDDLEBURY — Once again the Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild is preparing for a wonderful quilt show and the first item on their agenda was to make a quilt for their raffle.
Emmy Alford and Janice Gould volunteered to design the quilt and did so by modifying a pattern that they both admired. With a two-day workshop and willing workers, cutting, sewing and pressing quilt blocks the guild members came up with a spectacular quilt.