March 26th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is asking the state Legislature to allocate $200,000 for additional manpower to investigate and prosecute child pornography offenders, this in view of the fact that only a small fraction of such cases are able to be pursued under current budget constraints.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Television (MCTV) and Ilsley Public Library are becoming more and more aligned in seeking to not only distribute published content, but to help people create and distribute their own content.
“We’re looking to the future, and we’re seeing our missions converge more and more,” MCTV Executive Director Dick Thodal said following the Middlebury nonprofit’s annual meeting at the Ilsley Thursday night.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Superior Court Judge Helen Toor on Thursday ruled against incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman’s appeal of her 239-238 Town Meeting Day election loss to challenger Susan Ferland.
That tally had been confirmed by a March 12 Board of Civil Authority recount, but city officials also acknowledged a transcription error that day resulted in confusion over the total amount of votes cast.
BRIDPORT — At a lunch meeting in Bridport last Monday, local legislators participated in a lively conversation with constituents on agricultural issues.
Three legislators — Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham; Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven; and Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport — discussed the Working Lands bill, migrant farmworkers, genetically modified crops and a variety of other agricultural topics. The meeting was sponsored by the Bridport Grange and the Addison County Farm Bureau.
A LOCAL SYSTEM
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday agreed to assume responsibility for maintaining a cemetery on Mountain View Lane variously known as The First Cemetery, The Old Cemetery or The Burial Ground.
The cemetery is city-owned, but has been maintained since the 1930s by the First Congregational Church of Vergennes, when a trust that had been caring for the cemetery handed over the task to the church.
LINCOLN — When Jesus Rosa-Ivey Jr., a student with severe cerebral palsy, entered the fifth grade at Lincoln Community School last fall, his teacher Alice Leeds dedicated a unit of study in her fifth- and sixth-grade class to disability rights and awareness in the United States.
VERMONT — The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont this Saturday and Sunday. The weekend is a celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for people of all ages to visit one or more sugarhouses throughout the state to learn about maple sugaring in Vermont.