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September 8th, 2014
MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Aug. 26 lifted a stay on soil-disturbing activity in certain areas of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a 49-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The board ordered the stay July 25 after state officials became concerned that Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) utility poles near the pipeline route contained a dangerous chemical that could have leaked into water sources.
VERMONT — Law enforcement agencies and interest groups like AARP Vermont are reminding drivers to get ready for a new law that will restrict use of cell phones and other handheld devices in vehicles traveling on Vermont roads. The new law will go into force Oct. 1.
BRISTOL — A town institution is for sale in Bristol, but the owners say business is doing just fine.
Almost Home Market co-owner Beth Marr said she and fellow owner Gary Smith are selling the store, which has been a fixture of Bristol’s North Street for a decade.
“My business partner is not able to fulfill his partnership because of illness and I never intended on taking it solo,” Marr said, adding that she wants to pursue other interests.
MONKTON — Police are looking for information on what started a fire that destroyed a Monkton home this past Wednesday evening.
The Monkton Volunteer and Bristol fire departments responded to a structure fire at 1226 Hardscrabble Road in Monkton at just before 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. When firefighters arrived on scene the entire structure was fully engulfed in flames.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is known for Broadway musicals, Met Opera broadcasts, serious plays and great concerts. What’s next? Cat videos.
The Internet Cat Video Festival, in collaboration with Homeward Bound in Middlebury and the Walker Art Center, will be screened at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 and 7 p.m.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Aug. 30 arrested a Vergennes man on suspicion of heroin possession connected to a big drug bust in town Aug. 29.
BRISTOL — Two people were shot, one by a state trooper, during an incident Thursday evening on Pine Street in Bristol.
Both victims remain hospitalized on Friday afternoon, police said, but did not elaborate on their conditions.
VERGENNES — Local law enforcement, health care and social service officials turned out in force in Vergennes on Sept. 3 to plan new strategies for stemming the alarming flow, and use, of heroin and other opiates in Addison County.
The meeting was billed as a follow-up to last spring’s “summit on opiate addiction” called by Gov. Peter Shumlin, who has made the topic a prime focus of his administration.