August 5th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Scott Boyle, 25, of Middlebury pleaded guilty by waiver to a May 26 charge of careless or negligent driving, and was ordered to complete the Reparative Board and was fined $147.
As Middlebury residents, businesses and town officials jump into the fray that has rather suddenly surrounded the proposed railway improvements through Middlebury’s downtown — replacing the underpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row — let’s be sure the message we’re sending does not smack of a community opposed to development and resistant to change.
VERGENNES/WAUKESHA, Wis. — A Wisconsin company that makes power generation equipment and other engine-powered products announced today that it had bought home and garden equipment manufacturer Country Home Products, which is based in Vergennes.
Generac Holdings Inc. acquired Country Home Products Inc. and its subsidiaries effective Aug. 1. The value of the transaction was not announced, but the company said it would make that number known during a quarterly earnings conference call on Thursday.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The state’s utility regulators fined Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for failing to report in a timely manner a cost increase on the natural gas pipeline it is building from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The Public Service Board on Friday wrote in an order that Vermont Gas broke the public trust in its regulatory authority when it waited “nearly six months” to disclose its first cost increase on the project last year.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bob Donnis of Bristol knows how a solid drug-addiction recovery program can benefit a patient; he saw one work for a relative.
Hoping to see additional success stories, Donnis and other members of the Addison County Opiate Treatment Committee recently hailed the launch of a new website that will give people the information they need to steer away from drug abuse, or get help if they are already in the throes of addiction.
MIDDLEBURY — Steve Nardell didn’t get any parades, salutations or nonprofit organizations springing up to look out for his interests and those of his fellow soldiers who returned from Vietnam in 1970.
But Nardell, a Middlebury retiree, is helping to rally the troops for a special Aug. 6 fundraiser that will generate funds for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a charity and veterans-service organization that offers a variety of programs and events for wounded veterans of military actions that have followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
MIDDLEBURY — It was on July 7 of last year that Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher was called to the Champlain Farms store on Court Street amid reports of a man behaving irrationally and threatening to shoot people.
Christopher found the man, and it was what he didn’t do next that landed him on a recent commendation list put together by the Middlebury Police Department.