April 18th, 2013
WEYBRIDGE — Leaders in the Vermont House of Representatives are targeting a May 11 adjournment for the 2013 legislative session, leaving them around three weeks to tackle an ambitious agenda that includes a familiar and emotionally charged issue: whether to give terminally ill Vermonters the authority to take their own lives under a bill called “End of Life Choices.”
BOSTON — Ben Bruno of Middlebury was at the family meeting area about two blocks from the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday when two bombs exploded. The 28-year-old — who had finished the race in 3:03.52, about an hour before the first blast— and his companions were confused when they heard the explosions.
“I didn’t want to assume the worst,” he said. “I hoped for the best — maybe it was a transformer blowing or a car backfiring.
MIDDLEBURY — Consumers are used to seeing specialty stores stocked with fair trade coffee, chocolate and produce. Robin Ingenthron has added one more idea to the lexicon: fair trade recycling, a concept that’s catching on in national and international markets.
BOSTON — Monday should have been one of the best days in Meghan Lout’s life.
The accomplished Bristol runner was enjoying her third Boston Marathon under ideal running conditions with her mom, boyfriend and pals cheering her on.
“The race was fantastic and it was a beautiful day,” Lout, 34, recalled on Wednesday. “It was a wonderful atmosphere.”
That atmosphere was shattered in the blink of an eye.
STARKSBORO — Authorities found guns, cash and heroin in a raid on an apartment at 132 Big Hollow Road in Starksboro conducted Saturday morning by Vergennes police with the aid of Vermont State Police from the New Haven barracks.
All four people arrested in the raid on drug charges pled innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division to all counts and were released on bail that ranged from $5,000 to $50,000.
MIDDLEBURY — For 26 years, Bonnie Bourne has woken up each weekday morning energized by her sincere belief that she has the best job in the world: principal at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School.
Bourne last week announced she will retire from the best job in the world at the end of this school year, citing three primary reasons — her three granddaughters.
“The time has arrived,” Bourne, 64, said. “There’s a tug between full-time administrative work and three granddaughters, and the granddaughters won.”
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Criminal Court Judge Helen Toor on Monday handed out a four-to-10-year prison sentence to one of the two men involved in a July 4, 2012, armed robbery at a Bristol nursing home.
As part of a plea deal first agreed upon in February, Timothy Boardman, 42, of Monkton will get credit for time already served. Boardman must also pay $141 of court costs.
BRANDON — A Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team with high hopes for 2013 hit host Otter Valley with a big first period on Monday and cruised to a 20-5 win in the opener for both Division II programs.
VUHS senior Joe Krayewsky tossed in five of his nine goals in the first quarter — two in the final 22.6 seconds — as the Commodores took command, 9-3.