July 30th, 2015
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police have charged an Essex man in the theft of a car from a Bristol residence on Tuesday, July 28. Authorities recovered the vehicle on Wednesday, July 29, in New Jersey.
Police have cited Matthew Coppola, 24, who is currently being held in Essex County, N.J., for lack of $30,000 bail, according to police. Coppola will be extradited to Vermont in the future to answer to further charges, police said.
VERMONT — Vermont Fish & Wildlife on Aug. 1 will reopen the cliffs closed to hiking and access earlier this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association (VRPA) is offering deeply discounted amusement park tickets to the Bromley Mountain Adventure Park in Manchester; ArborTrek Canopy Adventures in Jeffersonville; Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, N.Y.; and Six Flags New England” in Agawam, Mass. In Addison County, tickets are available at the Middlebury and Bristol recreation department offices during normal business hours.
LEICESTER — The town of Leicester has been awarded a $55,960 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help control invasive species on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, located in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury. The control program is coordinated and operated by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
ESSEX — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins swim teams both had some strong individual and relay performance at this past weekend’s Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet, which was held Friday and Saturday at the Sand Hill Pool in Essex.
The Vergennes team earned fifth place with 714.5 points and Middlebury was right behind in sixth place with 681.5 points.
BRISTOL — The top two athletes in the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club are pitching well this season — so well that this past weekend one left the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships as the winner in her division and the other as runner-up in his.
Debra Brown is the new Women’s World Horseshoe Pitching Champion and Brian Simmons is the runner-up in the men’s world competition. The Bristol residents earned those titles at the competition that wrapped up in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday. Both have won world titles in the past.
A few thoughts on soccer and the sorry state of the Sox, left behind in Vermont while the author lounges on the beaches of southern New England (or in movie theaters, depending on the weather).
First, one last visit to the women’s soccer World Cup. A lot of credit for the U.S. team’s late surge was given to the tactical switch in the formation that allowed Carli Lloyd more offensive freedom, and no doubt that played a role in the successful Cup run.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Marshall Atkins, 20, of Bridport pleaded guilty to a June 12 charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Sentencing was deferred for four years.