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January 17th, 2013
VERGENNES — With Monday’s adoption of a proposed $9.5 million Vergennes Union High School budget, estimates for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school tax rates have also been released and show a range of increase from about 7 to 9.6 cents in the five towns.
MIDDLEBURY — WhistlePig owner and founder Raj Bhatka had hoped this year to begin harvesting rye grown on his 500-acre farm off Shoreham’s Quiet Valley Road, a crop he wants to distill and store in oak barrels to age for up to 10 years to mature into high-end whiskey.
ADDISON COUNTY — While nearly all Vermonters rely on the Internet to stay on top of business, schooling or their social lives, no group is more dependent on fast, reliable Internet service than telecommuters.
“I spend most of the day connected remotely to a system that I do 99 percent of my work on,” said Addison resident Brad Clark. He’s the IT director for RetailVision, a magazine sales promotion company that last fall closed its office in Middlebury and moved out of state.
MIDDLEBURY — Twenty-two people operating out of an 11,000-square-foot space in Middlebury’s industrial park are poised to deliver international language instruction to classrooms throughout Vermont — an effort they hope will help build the skills of the state’s workforce.
ADDISON COUNTY — Thursday, Jan. 10, was a bad night for a 23-year-old man from Elizabethtown, N.Y., when it came to driving on Addison County roads.
At a few minutes after 8 p.m. that evening Vermont State Police responded to a one-car crash on Route 125 in Cornwall. Trooper Timothy Hanley reported that the driver, Nickolas Mahler, told him that he swerved to miss a deer, and, in doing so, drove his 2011 Chevy Impala off Route 125 and into a small grove of trees. The accident resulted in front-end damage to the vehicle, but no one was injured.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 9 cited a 20-year-old city resident for a felony count of selling marijuana.
Cited was Chelsea Barrows of West Street. Police said the citation was the result of a lengthy investigation.
In other action between Jan. 7 and 13, Vergennes police:
Editor’s note: As a result of a recent switch in computer software at the Middlebury Police Department, the weekly crime log that is provided electronically by police does not include the level of detail to which our readers have grown accustomed through the years. The Addison Independentis working with Middlebury police to find a way to restore the crime log to its previous level of detail.
Sas Carey is in Mongolia trying not to buy a drum. It is a shaman’s drum, made with three-year-old female deer skin with a sheep’s tail beater. It is perfect, but she is running out of money and she has told herself and her friends she is not going to buy it.
She lies in bed sleepless. Her heart beats. She feels desire. She tells herself she is not going to buy the drum.
A friend brings the drum for her to see. He tells her to beat it — really smack it.