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April 24th, 2014
Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Rep. Willem Jewett and state Sens. Claire Ayer and Chris Bray.
I am writing about Bill H.883. I have been on the school board in my town for eight years and have a lot of reservations about this bill.
A lot of people have asked me why we are voting again on Article 6 (now Article 1) as we have already passed it. It is legal to revote on something (just one time) if 5 percent of the voters sign a petition that is presented within 30 days of the original vote. In this case 230 legal voters needed to sign such a petition. This is democracy and while it isn’t perfect or easy, it is the best system out there.
For clarification, Article 1 (previous Article 6) reads:
After reading the April 14 Addison Independent article titled “Phase II pipeline clears ACRPC hurdle,” we send our thanks to those of you on the commission who voted against this and its negative impact on so many Addison County residents.
Vermont Gas is getting the jump on its next public information campaign by hosting a series of community hearings for Phase III of its natural gas pipeline extending from Middlebury to Rutland. The target is to complete that section of the pipeline by 2020 at a cost between $130 million to $160 million.
For affected landowners in Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon and south, an open house in Brandon will be held May 8. (See story on Page 1A.)
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Colby upset the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team on Saturday, 14-11, putting the Panthers’ chances of hosting a first-round NESCAC playoff game this weekend in jeopardy.
The Panthers, losers of three of their past four games, dropped to 10-4, 6-3 in NESCAC play, good for fourth place, a game ahead of fifth-place Colby (7-5, 5-4).
MIDDLEBURY — Finally playing on its home field, the Middlebury College baseball team dropped three weekend games to NESCAC West rival Amherst. The second-place Jeffs moved to 21-5, 7-1 in league play, while the Panthers fell to 4-15, 2-10. They have been eliminated from postseason play.
On Friday, The Jeffs swept a doubleheader, 3-0 and 2-1 in 10 innings.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited three drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol this past weekend, including one for DUI, second offense.
That last citation came on Friday, April 18, when police responded to a car that had jumped a Main Street curb in front of the Ryan Block. Police issued the DUI-2 citation to the operator, Jody P. Harrington, 35, of Charlotte.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a call from a Monroe Street resident on April 15 whose credit card was stolen and used at several locations.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report on April 14 that some household items had gone missing from a rented Airport Road residence on April 14.
• Were informed that some diesel fuel and hand tools had been stolen from the Cobble Hill Farm on April 14.