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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited Martin Landon, 42, of Weybridge for assault, following investigation of a citizens’ dispute at a Lafountain Lane home in Weybridge on Dec. 22. Police released Landon on citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24, 2014.
In other recent action, VSP:
• Ticketed a Whiting man for speeding after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle on Route 30 in Cornwall on Dec. 17 and struck a house.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
BRISTOL — The chair of the Mount Abraham Facility Advisory Committee on Dec. 18 enumerated for the Bristol selectboard some of the reasons the Mount Abraham Union High School facilities should be updated.
Troy Paradee stressed that the building is by no means unsafe — rather, some school officials and residents believe it does not meet the educational needs of students in this day and age.
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members and planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett at this past Tuesday’s council meeting discussed the city’s recent award by Vermont Council on Rural Development of free facilitation for a four-month public-forum process that will be offered either next spring or fall. City Manager Mel Hawley said Vergennes was one of two Vermont towns to earn the honor for 2013.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel spoke to the Vergennes Lions at their meeting on Dec. 4. He commented that he is working with “some of the best police officers he has ever known.” He commented that they work hard and take offenses personally, trying hard to solve whatever crime has taken place. He said there are 10 officers (six full-time and four part-time) plus one dog in the department. He said a number of his officers are course instructors for many different aspects of police work.
VERMONT — CVAA has announced the schedule for its winter schedule Tai Chi for Arthritis classes. Classes are offered at no charge and are open to adults age 50 and over. Tai chi can help seniors stay independent and take control of their health, as well as improve balance, muscle strength, breathing, agility, energy levels and mood.
Beginning classes are planned as follows:
Deep in the winter-dark woods, beneath the roots of a fallen tree, a mother black bear hibernates with her two yearling cubs. In the spring, they will wake up in near-starvation condition, their fat reserves depleted. The mother bear’s bones, however, will be as strong and as thick as the day she lay down, and her young may even have added bone mass over the winter.
MONTPELIER — Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has found that excuse for you: a “free ice fishing day” on the fourth Saturday in January.
Saturday, Jan. 25, is Vermont’s new free ice fishing day — a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing without a fishing license.