January 17th, 2017
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
One afternoon earlier this month, my daughters and I gathered around our kitchen island for a snack. I began asking my eldest daughter about a book she was reading. After a few one-syllable responses, she was tired of my questioning. Looking me right in the eyes, she said:
“’Every man his own priest,’ Mommy.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are on the lookout for 46-year-old Christopher L. Ardell of Middlebury after he failed to appear at a court hearing where he was to be arraigned on several charges of assault — including assaulting a police officer.
Police said it was at around 8:35 p.m. last Wednesday, Jan. 11, that they received a call about a possible domestic disturbance at a Seymour Street apartment. Police interviewed the victim, who alleged she had been assaulted and injured by her partner — Ardell — who was still in the home.
VERGENNES — A $21.1 million spending plan for all four Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) schools and the unified district’s central office was presented to the ANWSD board on Wednesday. If approved, this second draft proposal would increase spending over the current district-wide level by 1.68 percent.
It could also lead to lower residential property taxes in three of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh and Waltham, according to district officials. Panton and Vergennes would see tax rate increases.
BRISTOL — Residents of the Bristol Police District will likely be asked to approve a double-digit hike in taxpayer funds used to pay for the department budget in the coming fiscal year.
Town officials cited a dramatic surge in the cost of workers’ compensation coverage as the reason for the 17 percent increase.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s main goal during its 90-year history has been to help people heal from injuries and illnesses.
Porter is now partnering with another major hospital to help people close the circle of life, allowing them to die on their own terms and with minimal pain.
VERMONT — Attention, bird lovers. Your eagle-spotting skills are needed for the 2017 Mid-winter Eagle Survey.
From Jan. 4-18, Vermont Audubon Society hopes to document as many eagles in Vermont as possible for this annual count.
If you see an eagle in Vermont during the survey period, email the following information to Margaret Fowle at [email protected]:
• Time of day.
• Number of Bald or Golden Eagles seen.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is preparing for the inevitable arrival of a voracious invader that targets a specific prey.
It’s an invader that measures less than the diameter of a penny, but it attacks in great numbers and won’t be denied.