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December 22nd

Letter to the editor: Bridges proposal warrants review

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Donna Donahue



The first grant agreement between the Town of Middlebury and VTrans on the Middlebury Rail Project WCRS-23 gave an illusion of mutual control over the project that was simply that — an illusion. Worse, it placed great financial liability on the Town. When the local project management team asked that the agreement be renegotiated, we did so to mitigate financial liability, not to create a document that repudiates the Town’s responsibilities vis-a-vis this project.

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To Governor-Elect Scott: Make Lake Champlain great again

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By James Ehlers



This week’s writer is James Ehlers, a public policy expert with 18 years of experience in health, water and fisheries issues, and executive director ofLake Champlain International.

Governor-Elect Scott: Making Champlain Great Again

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Community Forum: Time to rally against hate, intolerance

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Jack Mayer



This week’s writer is Jack Mayer, a Middlebury resident, pediatrician and author.

Our community, and indeed, our nation, has been shocked out of complacency recently by hate crimes and expressions of extreme racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, misogyny and anti-immigrant sentiments. We are all called upon to be “Upstanders” and not bystanders.

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Ways of Seeing: A Christmas present

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Sas Carey



Last year the Holiday Craft Series at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library offered a session on making balsam pillows. The newsletter described the program, “Expert seamstress Susan Highley will guide us in creating these simple sewn gifts.” I don’t know why, but I am drawn to the workshop.

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Bristol Police Log

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent Staff



BRISTOL — Bristol police, on Dec. 14, began an investigation into two counterfeit $20 bills recovered from a Bristol business. One bill had been passed on Dec. 13, the other about a week earlier. The bill passed a pen test conducted by the store, but closer examination by Merchants Bank determined several security features, including a security strip and watermark, were missing.

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Middlebury Police Log: Fire claims Middlebury man's life

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent Staff



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded, with the Middlebury Fire Department, to a blaze at a Murdoch Court residence on Dec. 14. As previously reported in the Addison Independent, Robert Kellogg, 95, was killed in the fire that destroyed his home.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Responded to a report of tire tracks and footprints allegedly leading to a bloody scene behind some buildings off Route 7 south on Dec. 12. Police said they followed the tracks and found evidence of hunters taking some rabbits.

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Vergennes Police Log

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent Staff



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Dec. 15 cited a Main Street resident for driving under the influence of alcohol and violating the conditions of his release.

Cited was Christopher Holwager, 26, of Vergennes. Police allege that they smelled alcohol on his breath when they stopped his vehicle for defective equipment on Main Street, and that Holwager failed roadside sobriety testing. Police also allege his evidential blood-alcohol test registered at 0.123, above the legal BAC for driving of 0.08.

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Gov. Shumlin Appoints 2 Superior Court Judges

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent Staff



Montpelier– Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Rutland Attorney Elizabeth Mann and Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster to fill two vacancies on the Vermont Superior Court.

Mann is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kathleen Manley. Fenster is filling a newly created position.

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