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If I had been asked a few months ago to name the state with the largest chapter of Trout Unlimited, my first few guesses would have been the classic fly-fishing and trout states of Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. If I had been reminded of the low population densities of those states, I might have instead guessed Colorado (and some river in the Denver area) or Michigan (with its famous trout streams not too far north of Detroit) or even California or Oregon. Or perhaps Maine. Or New York.
Indeed, there are many other states I would have guessed before I landed on Texas.
ADDISON COUNTY —Vermont State Police are investigating the report of a domestic assault off Route 17 in Starksboro on Thursday, Jan. 25. Troopers report that Andrew E. Bissonnette, 22, of Starksboro assaulted a victim, and that Bisonnette was also on active conditions of release, which he violated.
Prior to arrival the arrival of VSP, Bissonnette fled the residence and could not be located.
VSP put out a notice to be on the lookout for Bissonnette. By early this week they had taken him into custody.
In other recent activity, troopers:
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Tiffany Audet, 20, of Shoreham for embezzlement, following an investigation at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Court Street on Jan. 26. Police allege that Audet, a former Rite Aid employee, embezzled more than $1,200 from the store dating back to October of 2011.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to an unlawful mischief complaint in the Case Street area on Jan. 22.
• Assisted Vergennes police officers with an unruly woman on Jan. 23.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police said they are investigating a number of suspicious incidents and attempted break-ins in the Panton Road area between Jan. 22 and 27.
The first was called in during the evening of Jan. 22, when police received a report of someone looking into a Panton Road home. When police arrived they found footprints around the home and garage and discovered the garage had been entered. Police then learned a kayak had been taken from the garage and followed the footprints, finding the kayak about 100 yards away but losing the trail when it hit the road.
VERGENNES — Facing a fiscal crisis that Bixby Free Memorial Library board members believe could bankrupt the Vergennes fixture in a few short years, those board members this winter approached the five communities the library serves seeking a major boost in the support it receives within town budgets.
Bixby board members said they understood why responses from local selectboards were mixed when the Bixby initially asked for an increase in support from $13.66 per resident to about $24.
MONKTON — After weeks of heated dispute between Vermont Gas Systems and Monkton town officials over the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline, the parties involved may be nearing a compromise — though not all residents are satisfied.
ADDISON COUNTY — “Hide,” a new documentary film made by two Middlebury College students, takes viewers behind the scenes of Addison County’s picturesque landscape. It follows eight anonymous migrant workers laboring unseen in unnamed Vermont dairy farms and exposes the struggles of their daily lives, for the first time, to larger audiences.
VERGENNES — While the Bixby Free Memorial Library board works with the five communities the Vergennes institution serves to ensure the Bixby’s financial future (see related story), its librarians and director say they are trying to make sure the library will continue to be an important part of residents’ lives.
Director Jane Spencer said steps have already been taken, including hiring new head librarian MacKenzie Ross, moving former head librarian Rachel Plant to the position of children’s librarian, and juggling staff hours.