July 24th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on July 18 at 3:57 p.m. received a report from a resident that the driver of a vehicle on Court Street was possibly impaired. When the officer contacted the driver, he admitted to texting while driving. The officer issued the driver a ticket for doing so.
Between July 14 and 21, Middlebury police dealt with a variety of incidents including noise disturbances, welfare checks and many traffic stops.
In other activity last week, police:
BRISTOL — As a child, you may have been given a lollipop or a sticker after braving a doctor’s visit. At Bristol’s Mountain Health Center, you’ll probably get a few tomatoes and a bag of spinach.
The modern twist on giving a treat after a doctor’s visit is feasible because of a new garden outside the Health Center office featuring healthy options such as tomatoes, spinach, arugula and kale.
VERGENNES — On Monday nights at 6 p.m., the yoga studio at Two Wolves Center on Main Street in Vergennes looks predictably like any other yoga class — at least at first glance.
Exposed brick walls, quiet music, and colorful yoga mats create an ambiance of serenity. Attendees saunter in and find a place on the floor.
A closer look at the participants, however, reveals what makes Monday nights at Two Wolves special: this is a prenatal yoga class, the participants are all pregnant women.
Imagine this: A child who is eager to explore, learn and grow is signed up for a program where every month he or she receives a package in the mail from a nice lady in Nashville containing a brand new book.
Impossible? Not quite.
Imagination Library is the name of this very charity that country music legend Dolly Parton established back in 1996 to help foster a love for reading among young children in East Tennessee.
ADDISON COUNTY — Weeks after announcing a hefty cost jump for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline project, Vermont Gas Systems on Thursday said it wouldn’t amend cost projections the company submitted to the Public Service Board for Phase II of the project that would extend the pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
“We don’t have any plans to do that,” company spokesman Steve Wark said.
RIPTON — Middlebury College has agreed to a new, 10-year agreement with the town of Ripton, through which the institution will make annual cash payments to the community and deliver free ski lessons to local school children in recognition of its non-taxable property.
“We’re delighted that we’ve completed the extension of our long-term financial commitment to the town of Ripton,” said Patrick Norton, vice president for finance and treasurer of the college. “Middlebury has deep roots in Ripton and we value that relationship greatly.”
VERGENNES — As Vergennes Union High School enters a time of academic transition, its top leadership team will have a different look this coming school year, although the members of that team are already well known at the school and to one another.
The VUHS board has changed co-principal Stephanie Taylor’s title to principal, and she will no longer have primary responsibility for just the middle school, but will now oversee grades 7 through 12.
MIDDLEBURY — Most residents of Middlebury are highly aware of the College’s Language School Program due to its conspicuous presence — it’s hard to ignore groups of students walking down the street in Middlebury conversing in anything from German to Chinese, but not English.
However residents, and even members of the program, might not be aware of one of the less-visible components of the Language Schools: the bilingual students.