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February 7th, 2013
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 dealt with a number of new home and car break-ins around the city and also conducted a number of patrols in areas that had been hit by a number of attempted break-ins and other suspicious activity late last month.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Feb. 3 assisted a Court Street resident who said that her boyfriend had broken things in their apartment and had thrown himself down the stairs. The man agreed to leave the apartment and was taken by police to a relative’s home. The woman reported later that the man was texting her. Police said they found him on Court Street and took him back to his relative’s home.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a combined total of $6.2 million in bonding designed to improve the Vergennes Union High School building and athletic fields.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen this past Tuesday settled on a $1.85 million bond amount to request from voters on Town Meeting Day to fund construction of a new North Main Street police station.
That amount includes $229,000 to buy the 0.75-acre former Vergennes Auto Sales parcel (a lot that is assessed by the city at $117,800), $21,000 to buy more land to the rear and side of the parcel, site work, construction costs for a roughly 6,000-square-foot building, and a $50,000 contingency fund.
MONTPELIER — At a pre-hearing conference last Wednesday, the Vermont Public Service Board pushed back on Vermont Gas Systems’ preferred schedule for its proposed natural gas pipeline.
The PSB told VGS that its schedule for the pipeline, which would bring Canadian natural gas through Addison County to customers in Vergennes and Middlebury and also to International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y., was too aggressive.
The pipeline’s route from Chittenden County through Monkton has been the subject of heated dispute in recent weeks.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on burglaries in Addison County. The first part in last Thursday’s edition cataloged the problem of increasing home break-ins.
FERRISBURGH — Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Maritime Research Institute is exploring an exciting new way to study historic shipwrecks and to share them with the public. Vermont Public Television on Sunday, Feb. 3, aired an on-water tour and interview with LCMM Executive Co-Director Adam Kane on the show “Out and About.”
MIDDLEBURY — Alison R. Byerly, former Middlebury provost and a member of the faculty at the college for 24 years, has been named the 17th president of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
A nationally recognized scholar, Byerly is one of the nation’s most prominent thought leaders on the role of technology in higher education today. She will take office on July 1, 2013, as the first woman president of Lafayette, which was founded in 1826.