August 18th, 2011
Gov. Shumlin was correct to say that Vermonters had a right to be angry at the “inexcusable” severance packages granted to former administrators Daniel Fogel and Michael Schultz by the University of Vermont’s board of trustees. The governor noted that at a time when many Vermont families with students at UVM struggle to pay the university’s fees, to see the trustees grant six-figure severance packages to administrators leaving under “difficult circumstances” sends the wrong message to parents and taxpayers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited John D. Alexander, 47, of Burlington for driving under the influence, second offense, following an investigation on North Pleasant Street on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Police said they found Alexander sleeping next to his vehicle, with its engine running, on North Pleasant Street.
Police said they measured Alexander’s blood-alcohol content at 0.170 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of incidents between Aug. 8 and 14, including arguments, traffic problems, medical issues and one assault case in which they said the evidence proved too slim to make an arrest.
Between those dates, city police:
MIDDLEBURY — Thousands of eyes will be fixed on the massive, 402-foot-long center span and arch when it makes its two-mile trek by barge from Port Henry, N.Y., to fill what is now a gaping hole in the framework of the new bridge spanning Lake Champlain from Addison, Vt., to Crown Point, N.Y.
ADDISON — A bi-state celebration of the opening of the new Champlain Bridge originally scheduled for mid-October has been postponed until May because organizers could not get a guarantee from New York transportation officials that the new span will be completed on time.
An ad hoc Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC) panel, made up of more than 50 volunteers from Vermont and New York, has been planning a two-day celebration to mark the unveiling of the $70 million Champlain Bridge that will link West Addison with Crown Point, N.Y.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay will reclaim her old job this fall and will transition into the community’s top administrative job within a year, local officials confirmed on Tuesday.
Ramsay, 46, originally left the town’s employ in 2007 after seven years in order to become town manager of Pittsford. After a year in Pittsford, she moved on to become town manager of Killington, where she will continue to work before returning to Middlebury in mid-October.
MIDDLEBURY — Bill McKibben doesn’t make a habit of getting arrested, but for the right cause he won’t hesitate to do so.
Apparently, stopping the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would pump oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to oil refineries in Texas is one such cause.
ADDISON COUNTY — Flowing down lush green mountains in Addison County’s backyard lies a state-of-the-art mountain bike trail that’s just begging to be ridden. In the works for more than three years, this nine-mile loop around Silver Lake and the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is the first of its kind in Vermont: a point-to-point loop that traverses a significant distance of the Green Mountain National Forest.