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January 10th, 2013
Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small — how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.
But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.
This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting “tar sands” oil through Vermont?
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont State Police in New Haven are investigating the theft of a 2005 Polaris 700XC snowmobile from a Route 7 home in New Haven. The theft occurred sometime after 11 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 8 a.m. on Jan. 5.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the VSP at 388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
In other recent activity, troopers:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police joined four other law enforcement agencies at a Route 7 New Year’s Eve sobriety checkpoint near the Ferrisburgh fire station, at which one driver was cited for drunken driving, among other things.
After stopping him at the checkpoint, police cited Fred Winrock, 39, of Essex Junction for driving under the influence of alcohol, fourth offense; possession of marijuana and narcotic drugs; and driving with a suspended license.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police between Jan. 1 and 7 issued two citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, both first offenses.
At 12:22 a.m. on Jan. 1, police cited Mark Hubbell, 50, of New Haven for DUI after stopping his vehicle on Court Street.
At 12:26 a.m. on Jan. 5, Middlebury police cited Benjamin G. Johnson, 25, of Florence for DUI after pulling him over on Route 30.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday could make final a 2013-2014 budget proposal that if approved by residents in March would increase school spending by about 4.9 percent.
The draft that board members will be working with on Thursday would add almost $152,000 to current spending and request approval of spending a little more than $3.26 million.
VERMONT — Under the shadow of fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress last week also passed measures to avert an anticipated spike in milk prices, which in the absence of a new Farm Bill was set to occur on the first of the year.
MIDDLEBURY — When the Addison Central Supervisory Union board next meets on Jan. 16, it will begin to discuss whether to quickly launch a fourth attempt at hiring a new superintendent or instead focus on bringing in an interim administrator to temporarily take the helm come July 1.
Some board members also promised the upcoming discussion will include a debate on what the ACSU could do to reduce the number of board meetings the superintendent must attend as part of the job.
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Audubon’s sixth annual Cabin Fever Lecture Series for winter 2013 will kick off this Thursday evening. All events take place at 7 p.m. at Ilsley Library in Middlebury on the second Thursday of each month between January and March. They are free and open to the public.