May 16th, 2013
VERGENNES — Vergennes voters on Tuesday backed, 296-186, the city council’s proposed $1.45 million bond to fund a new 4,611-square-foot police station on a North Main Street site between the railroad crossing and Kennedy Brothers. The small lot once was home to Vergennes Auto Sales.
City officials said they expect work to begin on the project in September, with a target completion date early in 2014.
A couple of points to make this week.
One is specific to sports. But first, as always, anonymous letters stink.
Anyone who has something to say in a letter to this or any media outlet should attach his or her name to it, just as we do when we write something. Not doing so can be simply cowardly.
ADDISON COUNTY — Cell phones can serve as a vital public safety link between a child and a parent.
But as some Addison County families are learning, cell phones can also be used as a tool for producing and sending naked images from one teen to another, photos that once out of the sender’s hands can cause them torment in school and come back to haunt them later in life.
MIDDLEBURY — Several dozen Middlebury College students marked the last day of spring semester classes with a protest outside of the administrative buildings at Old Chapel that lasted through Friday night and into the next day, serenading the board of trustees’ May meeting with a barrage of speeches, chants and acoustic guitar songs.
Pizza was served, and points were made.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s been 59 years since classes were in session at the former Quarry Hill School on Case Street, but if you listen really closely, you can almost make out the echoes of the daily roll call bouncing off the now-bare plaster walls in that single room.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/13 Mt. Abe vs. OV ............................. 12-3
5/13 VUHS vs. Randolph ...................... 17-2
5/14 MUHS vs. St. Albans....................... 8-6
5/13 Burr & Burton vs. MUHS ................. 8-4
5/13 Essex vs. Mt. Abe .......................... 9-5
If you were to ask me now, almost two years since I moved to Vermont, what I miss most about the other places I’ve lived – the Virginia suburbs, Manhattan, the San Francisco Bay Area – I would answer: “Sidewalks.”
A statewide search and rescue protocol inspired by an Addison County tragedy has passed the Vermont House and Senate and been sent to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.
The effort to restructure the state’s search and rescue practices was launched by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, after the hypothermia death of Levi Duclos, a 19-year-old New Haven resident. Duclos died on a Ripton hiking trail after Vermont State Police failed to initiate a ground search for more than 12 hours after he was reported missing on a frigid night in January 2012.