September 28th, 2015
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
One of the continual laments in Vermont politics is that the pool of talent is less than it should be. It’s always been a struggle to convince those most capable to give up their time and their peace of mind in exchange for the daily tumult, and often thankless task of governing.
So when we see someone with the talent, the experience and the hint of interest, it behooves us to give the person a gentle nudge.
The person with that talent and the experience is Randy Brock; our hope is to get him to run for Lieutenant Governor.
A year and a half ago, I stood up before Vermonters and devoted my State of the State address to speaking about the opiate and heroin crisis affecting our state. Despite our best efforts since, this is not a battle we are winning. Now the Food and Drug Administration is recklessly making the problem worse with its decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11 years old.
I’m writing to thank all the people who stopped to help me when my car went off the road in Monkton on Sept. 10.
Unfortunately, I was so disoriented immediately following the accident that I may not recognize those who stopped to help if I see you again. Please know I’m very appreciative.
Kate Armstrong of the Vermont State Police was a standout in the execution of her duties. Many thanks.
Stephanie C. Victoria
Photographs that teach me to see the world in new ways, poems that delve into places I’ve rarely gone, sports writing that electrifies and informs me, and now essays on “The Republic” by Victor Nuovo — what an amazing newspaper. I love it.
MIDDLEBURY — Some neighbors of the Middlebury State Airport are concerned about a local group’s proposal to include a “jet fuel delivery system” as part of a 120-foot-by-120-foot airplane hangar project at the state-owned facility.
Hearing that John Melanson is expanding on his business is very pleasing to me. I can remember when John and Carol were in our house discussing potential plans for their business, and they were dreaming big. Hopes included having a shop in downtown Middlebury and eventually opening a shop north or south of town where commuters could get their caffeine fix quick. Sound familiar? I know all this because Carol was my mother and I was living at home while attending college.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sept. 15 referred to the U.S. Secret Service multiple reports of counterfeit bills being passed in the area.
City police said reports of phony bills included four $100s at the Monkton Road branch of People’s United Bank, a $50 at that bank’s North Maple Street branch, and two $100s at a People’s branch in another community.
Vergennes police said they also made sure high-ranking bank officials were aware of the issue.
In other incidents between Sept. 14 and 20, Vergennes police: