August 27th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — On Aug. 18 and 19 Middlebury police investigated the most recent in a rash of vehicle break-ins around town. Police reported more than 30 additional break-ins in which thieves stole, among other things, cash, a knife, registration plates, prescription drugs, jewelry and a wallet.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Aug. 19 at approximately 7 p.m. Vermont State Police were summoned to a two-vehicle collision on Route 17 West in Addison.
The trooper reported that Kelly McEvoy, 44, of Bridport was driving a Honda Accord westbound when the sun obstructed her vision. Due to the obstruction she could not see that a BMW 325 driven by 52-year-old James Dayton of Panton had stopped ahead of her. Dayton had been westbound behind a slow-moving Bobcat when he attempted to move around the Bobcat.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.
Middlebury's Mary Hogan Elementary School got a new playground this summer. If you're the parent of a young child, this is probably old news. I myself have taken my four daughters to what we call "The New Kidspace" on a weekly basis for the past month; they play on the playground while I gaze longingly at the school building and count the days until vacation ends.
VERMONT — The Young Writers Project is gearing up for another year of encouraging young people to write by soliciting work and publishing it online and in newspapers around the state, including the Addison Independent.
YWP is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences. It also reaches different audiences through a new digital magazine, The Voice, and partner web sites, vpr.net, vtdigger.org and cowbird.com.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union has hired David Boucher to serve as its new business manager. He most recently served as chief financial officer at Rice Memorial High School.
Boucher officially begins his job with the ACSU on Sept. 2. He was one of 20 applicants for the position, according to ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows. Boucher will replace former Business Manager Laura Nassau, who left this past June to take a similar position with the Chittenden South Supervisory Union.
MIDDLEBURY — Teens and tweens would like a little more room at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.
That’s the recommendation from youngsters age 11 and up who were invited to the Main Street library this past Tuesday to discuss how the library currently serves their needs and how it could do a better job.
VERGENNES / IOWA CITY, Iowa — Vergennes resident Tom McGrath was proud last week of the efforts of the local Fraternal Order of Eagles and of all members of the international philanthropic organization for taking a major step toward stamping out the dreaded disease diabetes.