February 2nd, 2017
WEYBRIDGE and TABRIZ, Iran — Close to 6,000 miles away in the northwestern corner of Iran, a Weybridge family is hastily packing.
“We are planning to fly back to the U.S. on Friday and, as you can imagine, it is mayhem here in our house with packing and stuff. We’ll hopefully be in Vermont on Saturday if everything goes smoothly,” wrote Middlebury College professor Ata Anzali in an email to the Independent on Tuesday.
BRISTOL — Sixteen years old is pretty young to be making life decisions, but not for Erlé LaBounty; that’s when he decided to become a chocolatier. He began crafting his first truffles in his grandfather’s farmhouse in Randolph and has been refining them for the past 19 years.
BRISTOL — A coyote hunt scheduled for the second weekend in February has sparked debate in Bristol and surrounding towns, with state officials also questioning whether such hunts have any effect on coyote populations.
BRISTOL — School boards around the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are ready to warn spending plans for the district’s five elementary schools.
When five-town voters cast ballots on Town Meeting Day they will be considering budgets that lower proposed spending at each of the schools but see small increases in the amount to be raised by taxes.
VERGENNES — The problems that caused half of Vergennes Union High School to lose heat late last week and led officials to call off school on Friday, Jan. 27, are symptomatic of a larger issue in the school’s heating system that probably cannot be addressed until a new bond can be proposed in 2020, according to Principal Stephanie Taylor.
MIDDLEBURY — After three years of public surveys, studies, brainstorming and tours of other facilities, the Ilsley Library Building Committee is closing in on a preferred plan and cost estimate for renovating and expanding Middlebury’s historic public library.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will face the most personnel decisions among their Vergennes-area neighbors on Town Meeting Day this year, as Monday’s deadline to file petitions for town offices brought news of three contested races.
Two of those involved incumbent Treasurer Garrit Smits, who this year has faced criticism on his performance from the Ferrisburgh selectboard, town and professional auditors, and co-workers.
BRISTOL — A Bristol youth on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of aggravated sexual assault on a minor younger than 13 years old, stemming from an alleged Jan. 19 incident in a Mount Abraham Union High School bathroom.
Caleb M. Bonvouloir, 18, also pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of providing indecent material to a minor, for allegedly texting the victim a photo of his genitals.