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VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council held their annual goal-setting discussion at a meeting last Tuesday, May 22. Here is what each alderman said:
• Ziggy Comeau said she would like to continue to establish better dialogue with surrounding towns. “If something comes up, we have to communicate with each other,” she said.
• Randy Ouellette said he would like to make sure the annual Youth Fishing Derby continues to run smoothly, and to “come up with a plan” and a site for the new police station.
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro community will have to adjust to life next year without their long-time principal. Come August, he’ll be 2,000 miles south.
Dan Noel, principal of Robinson Elementary School, and his wife Nicki Bergstrom-Noel, an English teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School, made the decision to take a one-year leave of absence next year and take their two daughters — Delia, 4, and Hazel, 2 — on the adventure of a lifetime. The two educators are relocating their family to the 65-square-mile Caribbean island of St. Kitts.
BRANDON — Find a need, and fill it — that’s the recipe for business success.
Ed and Deb Bratton saw firsthand the need for a local fiber mill after 10 years in business with Maple View Farm Alpacas on Adams Road in Brandon. Now, they hope their new venture, Vermont Fiber Mill and Studio, will pay off as well.
MIDDLEBURY — Speakers at Middlebury College’s graduation Sunday told the 557 seniors about to receive their bachelor of arts degrees to believe their ability to change the world.
“There is no advanced degree required for achieving the impact on children,” featured speaker William E. Strickland Jr. said. “But it does require passion, a zeal and insistence on doing things right as opposed to doing them wrong.”
A ruckus is blowing in Vermont over wind energy.
At a wedding over the Memorial Day weekend, a couple of those later-in-the-evening-toasts referenced “the end of an era” as this friend in his mid-30s had met the princess of his heart and was leaving the single life behind.
An adventurer, cyclist, outrageous skier, runner, climber of 18,000-foot peaks, Dan is also a graduate of law school with a focus on public policy and, perhaps most germane to this reference, he knows how to have a good time.
The mild winter seemed too good to be true. And it was. The downright tolerable temperatures allowed an unprecedented number of ticks to survive and, according to the news, they’re out in force this year.
If you’re the kind of person — like me — who lives in a constant state of unease, believing that bugs exist primarily to crawl on you, summer is already a nerve-wracking time of itchy paranoia. Now there’s a bumper crop of critters that want to bury themselves in your skin, suck your blood and spread disease.
Kill me now.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Samuel Griffin, 19, of Fort Washington, Pa., for possession of marijuana, following investigation of an incident at the intersection of College Street and Adirondack View on Saturday, May 27. Police allege Griffin had passed out on the sidewalk. Authorities said they found three bags of marijuana hanging out of his pocket. Police also served Griffin with a civil citation for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
In other action last week, Middlebury police: