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April 13th, 2015
MONKTON — The family of a Monkton teen severely injured in a car accident last week is grateful for the outpouring of community support they have received.
Julia Rickner, 18, was one of three University of Vermont students in a car that veered off of Interstate 89 in Colchester on April 4. The driver, 19-year-old Jacob Dahreddin of Bethesda, Md., was critically injured and the other passenger, 18-year-old Christina Menke of Essex, was killed.
BRANDON — A little-known love story about a diminutive Brandon woman who retrieved her husband’s body from a Civil War battlefield will soon be a documentary film.
Brandon resident and history professor Kevin Thornton has already raised $8,855 on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website, surpassing his goal of $5,000, to fund his documentary “Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story.” The website features a riveting film trailer narrated by Thornton.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 8 resoundingly endorsed their graded school budget, then elected to change the date and method of voting for future Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plans.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its April 7 meeting passed a resolution, one that has circulated among a number of Vermont communities, asking state legislators to amend laws to give towns more say in the siting of renewable energy projects during Public Service Board proceedings.
BRISTOL — A potential new firehouse in Bristol is taking shape as an architectural firm last week presented a plan for a two-story, 11,456-square-foot building that in an ideal sequence of events could be built by next spring.
Bristol residents and firefighters packed the municipal office conference room Wednesday evening to hear Cushman Design Group of Stowe present its design, which was created using input from a volunteer committee of firefighters and community members.
ADDISON COUNTY — Recent blasts of winter weather were tiresome news for some, but for maple sugarmakers around Addison County, nightly drops in temperatures have been like manna from heaven.
“This freezing at nighttime has helped us, I’ll be honest,” said Salisbury sap collector Reginald Betourney.
MIDDLEBURY — Dan and Michele Brown have hosted some corporate movers and shakers during their almost 11 years of owning and operating the historic and picturesque Swift House Inn in Middlebury.
But nothing gives them more satisfaction than when they are able to roll out the red carpet to those who find themselves temporarily homeless due to a fire or natural disaster.
NEW HAVEN / LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Returning to school can be tough for some students, but for 17-year-old Elijah Pedriani, walking the halls of Mount Abraham Union High School, swapping high-fives and hugs with friends, felt great, he said.
“I was definitely missing them,” the New Haven resident said shortly after his recent return to the Bristol high school, where he is a junior. “And apparently they were missing me, too.”