August 27th, 2014
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Todd Stone was among the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners on Sunday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in action postponed from Friday, and he is closing in on his second straight track championship.
BRISTOL — Four members of the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club bested competitors from around the northeastern United States and South Carolina in a professional horseshoe tournament this past weekend.
VERMONT — Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 14. The late bear season begins Nov. 15 and continues through Nov. 23.
The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the November deer season.
The early season bear tag costs $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Aug. 18 and 24, many of them alcohol-related, including driving while under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking, and a noise disturbance.
During that seven-day period, Vergennes police:
• On Aug. 18 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident and determined she was OK.
• On Aug. 18 calmed an arguing School Street couple.
MIDDLEBURY — On Aug. 18 and 19 Middlebury police investigated the most recent in a rash of vehicle break-ins around town. Police reported more than 30 additional break-ins in which thieves stole, among other things, cash, a knife, registration plates, prescription drugs, jewelry and a wallet.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Aug. 19 at approximately 7 p.m. Vermont State Police were summoned to a two-vehicle collision on Route 17 West in Addison.
The trooper reported that Kelly McEvoy, 44, of Bridport was driving a Honda Accord westbound when the sun obstructed her vision. Due to the obstruction she could not see that a BMW 325 driven by 52-year-old James Dayton of Panton had stopped ahead of her. Dayton had been westbound behind a slow-moving Bobcat when he attempted to move around the Bobcat.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.
Middlebury's Mary Hogan Elementary School got a new playground this summer. If you're the parent of a young child, this is probably old news. I myself have taken my four daughters to what we call "The New Kidspace" on a weekly basis for the past month; they play on the playground while I gaze longingly at the school building and count the days until vacation ends.