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September 24th, 2012
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel has chartered a city branch of the national Police Explorers organization, a program that allows youths to learn about police work and even help police do some jobs, such as direct traffic, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their Sept. 18 meeting.
Hawley said Merkel has already held two organizational meetings at Vergennes Union High School, and about 15 students have said they will sign up.
VERGENNES — The visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team controlled Saturday’s first half against Vergennes, scoring twice on the way to a well-earned 2-0 win.
The Eagles had the better of the chances overall, and some nice work by VUHS goalie Steven Paquette, especially in that first half, helped keep his team within striking range.
In the first 40 minutes Mount Abe got strong goals from Ira Fisher and Alex McCormick from clever setups by Cale Thygesen and Theo Weaver, respectively.
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the 2012 Addison County CROP Hunger Walk are hoping this year’s event on Oct. 7 exceeds the record $25,161 raised last year toward the local and worldwide campaign to end hunger.
Middlebury residents Beth Stamway and Patty Hallam are organizing this year’s Addison County campaign. The CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk was launched back in 1969 by Church World Service, an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency.
MIDDLEBURY — A series of miscues and an opportunistic Rutland team made for a frustrating Homecoming setback for the Middlebury Union High School football team, 15-13, on Friday night.
MUHS fumbled a half-dozen times and lost four of them, two setting up two first-half Raider touchdowns and two killing promising second-half drives with the Tigers trying to rally.
VERGENNES — Mayor Michael Daniels last week updated the city council on plans for an Oct. 12 celebration of the city’s role in the War of 1812.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s canal schooner Lois McClure will dock in Vergennes that weekend and be open to the public, and a welcoming event is planned for that Friday afternoon.
There is a persistent call here in the United States, particularly in today’s politically charged campaign season, for democracy to take over in the Middle East. We hear it from virtually every quarter — from the White House, from Republicans of almost every hue, and from pundits who write on Middle Eastern affairs. Clearly, America wants democracy to prosper in that region.
And it certainly would be nice. But just how likely is that to happen?
Were you surprised to see the smaller size Addison Independent on newsstands Thursday? We sure were.
Unfortunately the press that normally prints the Addison Independent has been having mechanical problems off and on for the past two weeks. We had the newspaper printed at a different shop this week and, despite our best efforts, it was printed on the wrong size paper — and the normal 21-inch page was shrunk to fit. Good grief.
BRANDON — As a result of recent raids on Brandon residences, police have seized more than two pounds of marijuana and busted a Brandon man for alleged illegal tattooing.
On Sept. 12 officers executed a search warrant at 41 Carver St., Brandon, which Police Chief Christopher Brickell identified as the apartment of 23-year-old Adam Collis and another occupant. As a result of the warrant Collis is facing two criminal charges of possession of marijuana and practicing tattooing without a license. Police also seized tattooing equipment from the residence.