August 7th, 2014
Congratulations to Zach Despart and the Addison Independent for its front-page report on the sorry state of Vermont’s overburdened mental health system, under which our prison system has, in effect, become the largest mental health care provider in the state.
This week’s writers are Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison; Sen. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven; and Rep. Willem Jewett, D. Ripton. This letter was sent to Gov. Shumlin and copied to Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, and Susan Hudson of the Vermont Public Service Board.
BRISTOL — Crews have begun construction on a number of improvements to Prince Lane in the heart of Bristol. Project administrator Carol Wells said the work will make the area safer for motorists and pedestrians, as well as improve the downtown aesthetics.
“The impetus of the project was to improve appearances, taking down all the ugly wires and poles, screening in the dumpsters, and mainly to provide safe access to pedestrians,” Wells said.
LINCOLN/QUEBEC — Mountain biker Alison Zimmer of Lincoln said that the outcome of her race at the UCI Downhill World Cup race in Mount Saint Anne, Quebec, this past weekend was not so awesome. But she did have an awesome development in her professional biking career, nevertheless.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In what he said is a victory for consumers, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has authored legislation that will allow Americans to switch wireless carriers while keeping their cell phone or tablet.
The process, known as “unlocking,” affords consumers more freedom to choose the wireless carrier and mobile device that best suits them.
On Friday, President Obama signed the legislation, formally titled the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police last week cited two Middlebury residents for domestic assault in two separate incidents.
First, on July 29 at 10:32 p.m., police responded to a report of a domestic assault on Seminary Street Extension. Police cited 33-year-old Emily Jenkins for domestic assault.
Then, on July 30 at 3:42 p.m., police arrested Ronald M. Bean, 50, for domestic assault on North Pleasant Street. They jailed Bean for lack of bail.
In other activity last week, Middlebury police:
Hundreds of people enjoyed to the Vermont-made wine, beer, hard cider and spirits — as well as great Vermont cheese — at the Midd Suummber Fest in Middlebury's Marble Works on Aug. 2, 2014.