June 17th, 2014
BRISTOL — A mid-afternoon tractor-trailer crash has snarled traffic in Bristol.
Just after 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, a tractor-trailer headed west on East Street (Route 116 west of the village) crossed the center line, crashed through the guard rail and rolled over, Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said. No one was injured and no other vehicles were damaged in the accident.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will close a portion of Route 125 (College Street) near Middlebury College next Tuesday and Wednesday. The stretch between Chateau Road and Hillcrest Road will be closed and completely impassable to vehicles from 6 a.m. on June 17 to 7 p.m. on June 18, in order to allow Middlebury College to replace a steam pipe crossing under the road.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources bus drivers on June 11 voted 9-8 against unionizing through Teamsters Local 597.
Nadine Barnicle, community relations manager for ACTR, said the organization is committed to working with the drivers to resolve any issues that prompted them to take a union vote.
“We’re really confident we can all work together,” Barnicle said.
Teamsters Local 597 spokesman Tony St. Hilaire did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to waive one of the conditions of the Certificate of Public Good for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas project.
The waiver would permit Vermont Gas to begin construction on Phase I of the pipeline without securing all the necessary state and federal permits, which the December 2013 Certificate of Public Good mandates.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local dairy farmers are riding a wave of high wholesale prices that some say will finally pull them out from the dairy crash of 2009.
“The prices we’re receiving now are much stronger,” said Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury.
Foster said much of the surge is due to high overseas demand.
VERGENNES — A search committee is working already to find an interim principal to replace departing Vergennes Union High School Co-principal Ed Webbley, who resigned his post in mid-May after eight years at VUHS to take a similar position at The Danville School in Caledonia County.
At its regular meeting on Monday, its first since Webbley’s resignation, the VUHS board affirmed the decision to seek an interim rather than a full-time replacement.
Vice chairman Neil Kamman said it’s late in the school-hiring season to find a permanent replacement.
CORNWALL — Two of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools — Bridport Central and Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial — will be led by interim leaders next year while permanent principals are being recruited this coming winter.
Peter Burrows, ACSU superintendent, confirmed last week that former Mary Hogan Elementary School Principal Bonnie Bourne and current Ripton Elementary Principal Tracey Harrington will co-manage Bridport Central for the 2014-2015 academic year.