April 7th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Resident Howard “Skip” Brush and his helpers on April 3 successfully capped their petition drive aimed at forcing a reconsideration vote on a new Middlebury municipal building and recreation center. Brush filed the petition, bearing around 280 signatures, with the town clerk’s office with a few hours to spare.
“It was a nice effort by a lot of people,” Brush said of the petition drive. “This is something that had to be done.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will gather at Mary Hogan Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9, to consider an ID-4 budget of $6,647,165 for 2014-15, and determine whether to spend $225,000 to finance a new play structure that would replace Kidspace.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel updated on Friday a Vergennes police log item published in the Addison Independent on Thursday, stating that his department no longer believes that funds were embezzled late last month from the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union.
MIDDLEBURY — The European culture correspondent for The New York Times, Rachel Donadio, will deliver the Robert W. van de Velde ’75 Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus. Her topic will be “Notes From the Field: Reporting from Italy and Beyond.”
As the sunset colors fade from purple to black, the forest is dimly illuminated by a first-quarter moon. An eerie sound breaks the calm. It is not the long, low, slow howling of wolves that can be heard further north, but the group yip-howl of coyotes: short howls that often rise and fall in pitch, punctuated with staccato yips, yaps and barks.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce will participate in a free panel discussion on socially responsible personal investing, “Investing for the Greater Good,” on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Ilsley Library Community Room (rear entrance) in downtown Middlebury.
LEICESTER — A Leicester man will be arraigned on attempted murder charges today after police allege that he went into his neighbor’s house and shot him in the head early Sunday morning and later shot two Vermont State Police trooper when they came to talk with him.
Brandon police were called to the home of 47-year-old Timothy Foley, the alleged shooter, a few hours before the shooting after Foley reported hearing screaming in the woods. Police at that time were told that Foley allegedly suffers from mental illness and may not have been taking his medication.
VERGENNES — Fifteen-year-old Kira Johnson of Vergennes, having logged some 100 hours and been an almost constant presence at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes since grade school, was not a surprising selection for the club’s 2014 Youth of the Year.
When asked about her community service hours through the club, Johnson’s explanation was simple:
“I like to stay busy,” she said. “I can’t sit at home and do nothing.”