April 14th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday voted 75 to 17 in favor of affirming a $3 million bond issue to finance various road improvement projects throughout town.
The second Australian ballot vote was needed to affirm a Town Meeting Day vote of 467 to 158 in favor of the bond. That initial vote was improperly warned and therefore had to be ratified.
The proposed 20-year, $3 million bond issue is to take care of 17 different road improvement projects that might otherwise linger on the drawing board.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Cram has long been looking to upgrade the small play structure at the Addison County Parent-Child Center’s Playlab. Putting an idea down on paper was pretty easy, but getting the paper money to put the idea into motion has been tough.
MIDDLEBURY — A Bridport man pleaded innocent in Addison County District Court on Monday to charges of simple assault with a weapon and reckless endangerment, in connection with the accidental shooting of a neighbor on Aug. 13, 2010.
State authorities who investigated the case allege that Tracy M. Stone, 35, had alcohol in his system and was knowingly firing a malfunctioning firearm at the time that Peter Damone, then 76, was struck in the left arm and face by a .45-calibre round while grilling on his porch almost a half a mile away.
MIDDLEBURY — Town officials exploring the prospect of a new municipal building at the intersection of College and South Main streets will seek a consultant to help them flesh out plans.
And while a new municipal building proposal is likely a few years off, the selectboard wants to quickly make some energy improvements to the adjacent, porous town gym in anticipation of heating fuel prices that could top $4 per gallon next winter.
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in the Northeast are searching for more information in a lawsuit charging Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and its affiliate, Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) with price-fixing and monopolization of the regional dairy market.
On March 24, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington declined to make a decision on a request by attorneys representing Northeast dairy farmers to release a number of sealed court documents pertaining to the case.
BRANDON — Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh with the bases empty and down to their last batter, No. 9 hitter Colton Aines, the Otter Valley Union High School baseball team on Monday rallied to tie visiting Springfield and then win in eight innings, 3-2.
The comeback made for a successful varsity debut for new coach Tim Mitchell, who had seen eight Otters reach base through six innings, but only one score as the Cosmos took a 2-1 lead into the seventh.
Charlie is the Messenger — and the message is “Play Ball! Have Fun!”
He loves baseball, knows the game, wants to see it played right, enjoys teaching kids the skills required to play the game. He’s effective at explaining the game’s complicated strategy and structure.
President Barack Obama took to the airwaves Wednesday afternoon to outline his vision of how to reduce the nation’s deficit, while keeping the nation strong. Republicans countered with their own vision of what this country could be under their tutelage.
In a nutshell, the roles haven’t shifted dramatically in recent years, though the context has.