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October 8th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 handled a variety of incidents, including dealing with two cases of driving under the influence, one case of bearing false witness, two cases of valuable property found and one case of excessive speed, and twice having to determine deaths were of natural causes.
During that seven-day time frame, police conducted a number of foot patrols in response to reports of drug issues and potential criminal activity, and also:
NEW HAVEN — Town officials in New Haven announced on Monday that they had closed part of Plank Road for 30 days in order to replace a culvert. The road is used by some drivers to get from Route 7 to Bristol.
The road is closed between South Middlebrook Road, which is on the New Haven/Waltham town line, and Leduc Road, which is also called Pea Ridge Road to the north of Plank Road. Specifically, the culvert is being installed east of the railroad tracks that cross Plank Road.
There are detour signs around the construction.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
MIDDLEBURY — The Residence at Otter Creek may soon feature a 150kW solar array that could defray around 25 percent of the retirement community’s annual energy bill.
Bullrock Corp. — former owners of The Residence (then known as The Lodge at Otter Creek) — proposed installing a solar array consisting of roughly 700 panels on a total of 35 racks dispersed on one acre of land located at 57 Star Point Drive, adjacent to the retirement community off Middle Road in Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — As most Vermont drivers know, a new law that went into effect this past Wednesday makes it illegal to use a variety of electronic devices — including hand-held cell phones and MP3 players — while driving on Vermont roads. Violators are subject to fines and points assessed against their driving record.
In the early days, local police had not charged anyone for infractions of the law, but they said they fully intend to enforce it.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber will be hosting a candidates’ forum Tuesday, Oct. 7, focusing on contested races for the Vermont House of Representatives.
The forum will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ilsley Library Community Room in Middlebury. Paul Ralston, owner of Vermont Coffee Company and outgoing Vermont state representative, will be moderating the event.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District board next month will consider a proposed 2015 budget that would maintain the same $123-per-ton tipping fee for trash, while requiring an increase in rates for clean wood and single-stream recyclables dropped off by commercial haulers at the district’s Middlebury transfer station.
The draft spending plan of $2,627,262 would also pay for a new public outreach staffer to educate area school students and other groups about solid waste and recycling programs.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School teacher Kristine Kirkaldy did not win a September online vote that would have netted her a New England education leadership award and her school $100,000, but the award sponsor announced on Sept. 30 that Kirkaldy and four other nominees would receive $10,000 to advance their work.
Kirkaldy finished second in voting for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s third annual Lawrence O’Toole Award, which is named after the 16-year-old Quincy, Mass., foundation’s founder and first CEO.