May 6th, 2013
This week’s writer is Lisa Liotta, park ranger at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester.
The Scoop on Poop
As a seasonal park ranger at the only Vermont State Park that allows dogs off-leash in a designated area, I pick up a tremendous amount of doggie doo. Recently, I began thinking seriously about the impact of pet waste on our environment, and started doing some research.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on April 11 hosted the fifth Bristol community crime forum, which had a focus on school safety in light of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Attendees were briefed on the progress of forums to date by facilitator Kate McGowan and current status of drug crime issues by Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams and his staff detailed safety changes made in Five Town Area schools since the Newtown tragedy and fielded questions.
UPDATE: This story has been updated since it was originally posted to add new information about Rep. Nuovo's vote on the bill.
MONTPELIER — Addison County House members on May 1 were evenly split in an 80-57 vote giving preliminary approval to a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients seeking to end their own lives (12 lawmakers were absent).
MIDDLEBURY — A Philadelphia man and a Burlington man both pleaded innocent on Tuesday in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division to heroin sales and trafficking charges that stemmed from their Monday arrest in Ferrisburgh by Vergennes police, a bust made with assistance from Vermont State and Bristol police.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 900 runners have signed up to run the sixth annual Middlebury Maple Run this coming Sunday, May 5. The half marathon starts at the Porter Medical Center at 9 a.m. and will necessitate closing a few roads for several minutes while the crowd of runners moves through the downtown area.
BRISTOL — A reshuffling of positions is under way in Bristol schools, as Bristol Elementary School Principal Catrina DiNapoli takes a one-year interim position with the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. The school district is looking to interview candidates to fill the BES principal position for a year.
DiNapoli will take on the role of curriculum and professional development director for the 2013-2014 academic year, filling in for Nancy Cornell, who is taking a one-year leave of absence for personal reasons.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen have scheduled a public informational meeting for this coming Tuesday on their proposed $1.45 million bond to fund a new 4,611-square-foot police station on North Main Street.
City residents will vote on May 14 on the police station bond proposal and also join residents in neighboring towns to decide on a $600,000 loan proposal to fund new roofing for Vergennes Union High School (see related story).
MIDDLEBURY — American industrialist Henry Ford said that “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is looking to put Ford’s entrepreneurial advice into practice through a new “young professionals” group that next Wednesday, May 8, will begin what organizers hope will be the first of many regular meetings for like-minded people to associate, compare notes and perhaps collaborate on new business ventures.