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October 20th, 2014
Montpelier, VT— This morning at Fairmont Farms in East Montpelier, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch encouraged Vermont’s dairy farmers to enroll in the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) and announced a series of workshops for interested participants.
MPP is a voluntary insurance program included in the new Farm Bill that protects dairy farmers from market fluctuations in milk prices. The program replaces the expired Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).
BRISTOL — Bristol police arrested three men in the past two weeks for a variety of offenses that were not related to one another.
First came the Sept. 26 arrest of town resident Brian D. Lattrell, 41, on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. Police said Lattrell twice drove to the Bristol Police Department in the preceding days. Two days later, an off duty officer saw Lattrell driving. Lattrell will face three counts of driving with a criminally suspended license when he returns to court Nov. 3.
BRISTOL — The Addison Independent this Wednesday, Oct. 22, will sponsor a debate among the four candidates vying for the two Vermont House seats representing the Addison-4 district. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in Bristol’s Holley Hall and is expected to wrap up by 9 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY —WFAD-1490 AM has been off the air for the past six weeks and will continue to feature static for approximately another month while owners of the Middlebury radio station try to find some replacement parts for its aging transmission equipment.
VERMONT — If you ever wonder what your teeth would look like if you never brushed or flossed, take a look at your dog or cat’s teeth. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age three.
MIDDLEBURY — After hearing emotional testimony from several victims on Friday morning in Addison Superior Court’s criminal division, Judge Robert Mello approved a plea agreement that sentenced Raymond Ritchie, 38, of Addison to 13 years to life in prison on each of a long list of counts stemming from a 2012 and 2013 crime spree.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is a long way from West Africa or even Dallas, Texas, where the deadly Ebola virus has gained a toehold and claimed victims.
But with the town of Middlebury and Middlebury College being popular destinations for international travelers, local health care providers and institutions are taking precautions to minimize the chances of Ebola making its way to Addison County, while also setting up protocols to ensure that any infected patient is segregated from the general population.
VERGENNES — The four candidates for the two Addison-3 seats representing Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham in the Vermont House of Representatives this past Wednesday joined House candidates from around the county at a forum at the Vergennes Opera House devoted to economic development.
The Addison County Economic Development Corp. and Vision to Action Vermont (V2AVT.org) co-sponsored the event, which drew 12 of the 13 county candidates in contested races.