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May 20th, 2013
The Middlebury Select Board made as eloquent and rational an argument for supporting the Vermont Gas pipeline to Middlebury as can be made. The statement, which was published as a letter accompanying a front-page news story in last Thursday’s Addison Independent, is considerate of others’ perspectives, well-reasoned on all points, and defends what it sees as the best path at this time for the town and residents of Middlebury.
In the natural world predation is relentless, and evading predators strongly favors the evolution of camouflage colors in animals. How contradictory then, for small, defenseless creatures — like red efts and monarch butterflies — to be sporting a bright shade of orange. But there is more to their cheerful color than meets the eye. Both the eft and the monarch are poisonous.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday backed by a 724-160 margin the Vergennes Union High School board’s proposal to seek a five-year, $600,000 loan to fund new roofing on the school’s leaky classroom wing and auditorium.
Residents in all five ANwSU towns backed the proposal by wide margins: in Addison, 95-35; in Ferrisburgh, 149-34; in Panton, 47-9; in Vergennes, 410-72; and in Waltham, 23-10.
NEW HAVEN — Residents of New Haven will meet at a special town meeting next Monday and then vote on Tuesday by Australian ballot on a nearly quarter-million-dollar supplement to the General Fund budget for this coming fiscal year due to a budgeting error. They will also discuss and vote on whether to switch back to voice voting on the town budget at future town meetings.
The Monday meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Voting is Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. by Australian ballot, also at the town hall.
MIDDLEBURY — Twenty-two-year-old Middlebury College senior Dong Song on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison County Superior Court to a sexual assault charge stemming from an encounter with a female Middlebury student on campus early Sunday morning.
Song, a citizen of the Republic of Korea, faces a jail sentence of three years to life and a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted.
His attorney, Peter Langrock of Langrock, Sperry & Wool in Middlebury, said Song contests the allegations.
BRISTOL — A Bristol 17-year-old pleaded innocent in Addison County Superior Court on Monday to charges of delivering drugs to minors and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Zachariah Rusk is being tried as an adult and faces charges of up to 15 years in prison for the first charge and up to two years in prison plus a fine of $2,000 for the second charge. He is represented by Peter Langrock of Langrock, Sperry & Wool in Middlebury.
Editor’s note: The Middlebury selectboard considered and endorsed this letter, drafted by Selectmen Dean George and Victor Nuovo, endorsing a proposed natural gas pipeline.
On May 14, 2013, the Middlebury Select Board authorized the following statement clarifying the Board’s position on the Vermont Gas Pipeline and its impact on Middlebury by a vote of 6 in favor (George, Nuovo, Artim, Bingham, Baker, Forbes) and 1 opposed (Shashok).
While the legislative session was dominated by a gnashing of teeth over cuts to the $1.3 billion General Fund budget and proposed tax increases, creating a clash between the Democrat-Progressive controlled Legislature and Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin, it was also a session that produced several significant advances — including several social-cultural milestones and ended with a balanced budget without tax increases on income or sales.