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April 22nd, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — On April 18, 1970, police officers spent the day in Addison stationed at the Vermont terminus of the Champlain Bridge, handing out trash bags to motorists on their way into the state and asking that they clean up the roadsides during their drive.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the official deadline for U.S. residents to mail in their Census form — April 16 — passed, Addison County as of Monday stood right at the Vermont average for compliance, 65 percent.
That average also equals Vermont’s 2000 rate of mail-in participation of 65 percent, although the nation as a whole lagged the 2000 compliance number, 72-71 percent, as of Wednesday. The U.S. Census Bureau will update those figures through Friday, and the 2010 national rate could still equal that of 2000.
MIDDLEBURY — Cody Gohl had his audience at “Hello.”
“There are three things that you need to know about my family,” the Middlebury College freshman drawled into a microphone in front of a packed house at one of the college’s informal social spaces last week.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School’s non-union support staff and members of the high school board clashed on Tuesday night over a tender subject: salary and benefit negotiations.
The conversation came after the Mount Abe board, in a rare move, decided to suspend the rules at its board meeting on Tuesday evening to openly discuss a topic normally left behind closed doors.
So far, the school board is pushing for no increase in salaries for the non-union staff, and has also indicated an interest in raising health insurance co-pays from 4 to 10 percent.
BRIDPORT — For centuries, vessels of various sizes and speeds have used the surface of Lake Champlain as a vital conduit to get goods delivered to Canada, Vermont and New York.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro resident Katy Blue jokes that her plan to cycle across the country this summer is a “turning 40” thing.
But for Blue, who is, yes, 40, the ambitious adventure to ride alone from Vermont to Seattle is more than a mid-life whim: The cross-country trek makes good on Blue’s long-time dream to see the country, and serves as a tribute to Blue’s father, Bob Blue, who died in 2006 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis, or MS.
After her father’s death, Blue found herself devastated — and angry.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County District Court jury this week is scheduled to decide the fate of a Goshen man accused one year ago of shooting and wounding the estranged husband of a woman with whom he had become involved.
The jury on Thursday, April 22, was set to begin hearing the case of Jeffrey H. Young, 41, of Goshen, who on April 8, 2009, was alleged to have shot a man twice — once in each foot — during a confrontation on Dutton Brook Road in Goshen.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board on Tuesday decided to solicit bids from outside food service vendors as the board continues to weigh its choices for overhauling the school’s cafeteria system.
Board chair Lanny Smith said that sending the project out to bid doesn’t mean the board will necessarily choose an outside company to run the school’s food service program, but simply leaves that option open for next year.