March 16th, 2017
VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled mostly routine incidents between March 6 and 12, a week in which they also worked with Vermont State Police to crack a major burglary case (see story in A section).
In those seven days, city police:
• On March 6 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the area.
• On March 6 were told of trash being dumped illegally at a Ferrisburgh convenience store, identified the probable culprit through a piece of mail in the trash, and sent a letter about the issue to the suspect.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Rodrigo Cardoso De Lima, 37, of Shoreham for driving under the influence, following a report of a man driving in an erratic manner on South Main Street on March 9.
Police said they measured De Lima’s blood-alcohol content at 0.189 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a reported vehicle roll-over near the intersection of Route 125 and Ridge Road in Cornwall on March 6.
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.
Every year, around the first Tuesday in March, Vermont feels pretty proud of itself. That’s because, as any Vermonter can tell you, the first Tuesday in March is Town Meeting Day: the day when citizens meet in towns across the state to discuss and vote on town business and budget items (most importantly, the school budget.)
VERMONT — March is Women’s History month, and Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is taking advantage of the occasion to highlight the important role women play in Vermont’s Ag community.
In recognizing the vital roles that women play in Vermont agriculture, the agency, in conjunction with UVM, has profiled some of the Green Mountain State’s best.
For profiles of Vermont’s fearless female farmers, visit:
VERGENNES — A Monday afternoon recount at Vergennes City Hall confirmed the March 7 results of the race for city mayor: former three-term Mayor Mike Daniels edged two-term incumbent Bill Benton, 270-265.
That margin, one less that 1 percent of the votes cast on Town Meeting Day, remained unchanged after two hours of painstaking counting by five members of the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority, including Aldermen Lowell Bertrand and Mark Koenig.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District directors have declared an impasse in negotiations for a new contract for the newly unified district’s combined 230 teachers, and the two sides will now pick an independent mediator in an effort to make progress.
Peter Conlon, chairman of the ACSD board, stressed that declaring impasse doesn’t mean talks have ended; it simply means the two sides need some assistance in resolving their differences on three major contract areas: pay increases, health coverage and length of school day.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center has begun construction on a new clinic that will serve people requiring immediate medical services, but who do not require the resources of an emergency department.
It’s going to be called “Porter Express Care,” and it is now being built into a 1,600-square-foot space within Porter’s Collins Building.