February 18th, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities on Friday arrested an Alaska man accused of shooting and killing a Vergennes native and another Coast Guard employee at a communications station on Kodiak Island, Alaska, last spring, the U.S. attorney said.
James Michael Wells, 61, of Kodiak is accused in a federal murder complaint of killing Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, of Vergennes, and retired Chief Boatswain’s Mate Richard Belisle on April 12, 2012.
The arrested man worked with the victims, a Coast Guard spokeswoman confirmed.
MIDDLEBURY — Those who happened past the Middlebury town green at noon on Valentine’s Day may have noticed an unusual sight: around 30 women holding signs, dancing, singing and speaking out. It was part of One Billion Rising, an event hosted by WomenSafe in solidarity with gatherings around the world that day to raise awareness about violence against women.
Eight months ago my husband and I were told a really big secret. You know how hard it is to keep one of those. It was the kind that made us smile a lot, and look at each other with wonder and delight. Yes, you have guessed it, we were going to join the club that I have envied for what seems like years. We were going to be grandparents.
FERRISBURGH — About three months after the offer was first made, the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Feb. 5 voted unanimously to sign a letter of intent with Burlington firm Encore Redevelopment that could pave the way for a solar array on town-owned land.
Encore officials believe that a lease deal for a parcel at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A could put almost $500,000 in Ferrisburgh’s coffers over the next two decades.
MIDDLEBURY — Perhaps every baby is a miracle, but Danielle Rheaume and Will Wedge felt extra blessed by their first child, born two and a half years ago. After several complications while attempting to conceive, the doctors were unsure it was possible and told Rheaume she may not be able to carry a pregnancy to term.
“That kind of thing is difficult for anyone,” Rheaume recalls, “so when we first found out I was pregnant with Duncan I was so excited and relieved.”
Now, with a toddler at home, Rheaume is pregnant with number two.
MIDDLEBURY — A video featuring a story by a Middlebury six-year-old and created by a Middlebury College student has “gone viral.” The eight-minute film “The Scared is Scared” by Bianca Giaever, who graduated from Middlebury this month, was posted on the Vimeo multimedia sharing website last month.
Tea culture has been at the core of many civilizations around the world for thousands of years, and is still the most popular beverage in the world — after water. But did you know that in addition to being tasty and warming on a cool winter day, teas have many health benefits such as calming the stomach, improving digestion, and focusing the mind?
MIDDLEBURY — Despite sub-freezing temperatures this time of year, some Vermonters are bundling up extra warmly and making their way to work without the comfort of a heated car.
For myriad reasons that include health and fitness, environmental responsibility, and financial savings, many members of the Addison County community choose to rely on bicycles as their primary form of transportation.
“It’s the way we enjoy getting around,” said Middlebury resident Rebekah Irwin, of her family’s dedication to biking.