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January 16th, 2017
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced the launch of the Winter Central web portal, a new site to help drivers navigate winter conditions in Vermont. Included in the new portal is Plow Finder, a map that will show the location of all 250 VTransplow trucks in near real-time. The heart of the Plow Finder map is the data from the Automatic Vehicle Location System installed in each truck and augmented by information from the National Weather Service, New England Compass, VTrans’ weather stations and point forecast modeling provided by DarkSky.
MIDDLEBURY — On Jan. 9 the Middlebury Police Department was recognized by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the department’s efforts in the investigation of the airplane crash that occurred off Schoolhouse Hill Road on Dec. 23.
NEW HAVEN — Gregory Sharrow, co-director of Middlebury’s Vermont Folklife Center, will explore farm culture of the past, and how it relates to today’s Vermont, in New Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Offices on North Street. The lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section’s annual meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. The annual meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a brief social time, followed by a short business meeting and a guest speaker with slide show.
The featured speaker will be Dan Brown, owner/innkeeper of the Swift House Inn and part-time adventurer, whose talk is titled “Jeff and Dan’s Big Adventures or Two Coots, One Canoe” on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
As Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump approaches, it’s important for Vermonters to understand the impact his actions will have on them and the nation. Put aside his boorishness and childish need to get in the last dig on anyone who challenges him, and just focus on what he hopes to undo in the first 100 days.
• Dismantling the Affordable Care Act: If Republicans go ahead and axe funding for Obamacare before a new plan is in place, here’s what happens to Vermonters:
An ANWSD Petition from town voters will be presented to the school board on Wednesday evening. The petition is a good consensus of the voters wanting tax relief, from our neighborhoods with multiple incomes. Residents are those who no longer will tolerate the unbearable high tax rates. Some are unable to sell their properties to leave.
VERGENNES — As usual, Friday’s game between the Mount Abraham Union High School boys and the host Commodores packed the Vergennes gym.
Even more than usual, with the backdrop of the battling student section chants, the cheerleading acrobatics and the VUHS pep band’s tight brass section, fans got their money’s worth in the duel between the friendly rivals.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Saturday earned arguably its biggest and certainly its most dramatic win of the winter, scoring three times in the final 6:27 to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat previously unbeaten U-32, 3-2.
Sparking the comeback was senior Brett Viens, who plays the hybrid center/defenseman position in the Tigers two-up, three-back system.