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February 27th, 2012
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Feb. 13 and 19, including family problems, an untimely death that police said was of natural causes, and traffic stops that included one drunk-driving citation.
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
• On Feb. 13 checked the welfare of a driver at a Monkton Road bank drive-through window who was reported to be acting erratically; police determined he was OK.
• On Feb. 13 accepted pain medication and drug paraphernalia for disposal.
BRISTOL — It’s been almost five months since two men with baseball bats barged into Bristol’s Living Well assisted care home, stealing roughly 270 doses of narcotics. But the incident still haunts 20-year-old Stepfanie Williams, who was on staff as a caregiver that September night.
Earlier this month, Williams met with Living Well staff, Bristol police and other concerned parties in Bristol’s Holley Hall to discuss the incident and to explore what authorities call a growing drug problem in Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers continue to be concerned about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant owner’s ongoing legal fight to remain open and to remain part of the state’s long-term energy future.
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell on Feb. 17 announced that he will appeal a federal district court judge’s ruling that gave new hope to Entergy Nuclear’s quest to keep its Vernon-based power plant open.
MIDDLEBURY — Imagine driving from Middlebury to Jacksonville, Fla. Now, replace your car engine with a paddle and muscle power, and imagine canoeing the same distance — about 1,200 miles.
This spring, 10 young men will leave Lake Dunmore in a fleet of wood-canvas canoes they built themselves, bound 1,200 miles north for James Bay, Canada. Instead of finishing in the sunbelt, though, they’ll chase spring ice on their paddle through Quebec and Ontario.
MIDDLEBURY — Late in the third period of Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal, the Middlebury College men’s hockey team had a couple monkeys on its back despite the Panthers’ much-improved play of late.
The Panthers (now 13-9-3 overall) had shrugged off a midseason slump with a 5-1-1 surge to seize the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC playoffs with an 11-6-1 league mark. That seed earned them the right to host No. 6 Wesleyan on Saturday.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents at their March 5 town meeting will be asked to finally resolve a longstanding debate on how to improve their municipal offices. Specifically, residents will vote on whether to spend $450,000 for a new, larger office building that would be located near the current one on the town common.
LEICESTER/WHITING/GOSHEN — The past two years have seen reduced budgets for schools around the state, but the 2012-2013 fiscal year spending at Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union elementary schools looks to be on the rise once again.
“Over the last few years we’ve done so much cutting that there’s not much left to cut,” said Matt Brush, chair of the Leicester Central School board, which warned a budget with a spending increase of 4.6 percent over the current year.