June 29th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — It just doesn’t do justice to the eminence of the naval battles that took place on Lake Champlain between the Americans and the British in the War of 1812 to simply read about them in a textbook. Captivating details are lost, and the magnitude of brave endeavors is either understated or omitted.
BRISTOL — After Aug. 1, Bristol will take the first steps toward burying its municipal landfill, a move that will require local residents to either contract with a hauler to pick up their household waste and recyclables, or bring those materials themselves to a new drop-off center on the landfill property.
MIDDLEBURY — Cornwall residents Becky and Chris Dayton and Exchange Street business Maple Landmark Woodcraft were honored as Citizens of the Year and Business of the Year, respectively, by the Better Middlebury Partnership at the organization’s annual meeting this past Thursday evening.
Out-going president Ben Wilson, who has held the post for the past three years, presented the honors to the 65 members gathered at the Middlebury Inn along with brief remarks.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh woman who was charged with striking and killing a man on a bicycle while she was driving drunk, has had her first court date delayed for two weeks.
At the request of the Addison County State’s Attorney’s office, Holly Gonyeau will be arraigned on July 13 at 12:30 p.m. on a charge of driving under the influence on June 17; she was originally cited to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Monday, June 29.
BRANDON — In a rare move and after a marathon executive session that saw midnight come and go, the boards of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and the Brandon School District voted in the early hours of June 18 to impose a contract with paraprofessionals and bus drivers after negotiations failed.
The boards and the National Education Association-Vermont Paraprofessional and Bus Unit have been negotiating the contract for 18 months. The sticking point has been salary increase percentages and health care contributions.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union employees were packing boxes and lugging office furniture and equipment from Green Street up Main Street late last week as they were completing the district’s long-awaited move to new office space in the Kennedy Brothers building.
ANwSU officials had signed a lease to move from the Cornerstone Building on Green Street in June 2014, a move that will save the district $11,800 a year for comparably sized space in Kennedy Brothers.
MIDDLEBURY — Austin Burnett, a 21-year-old Middlebury man, pleaded innocent on June 19 in Chittenden Superior Court, criminal division, to three felony counts of sexual assault without consent, in connection with alleged encounters he had with three separate teenage girls during the past two years.
The charges are the culmination of three separate investigations: One by Det. Lt. Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, and two by Det. Kris Bowdish of the Middlebury Police Department.
CASTLETON — The following are students were recognized for academic achievement at Castleton College for the spring 2015 semester.
Casey Briggs of Starksboro, Karen Chandler of Bristol, Erin Greene of Bristol, Rachel Howlett of Bridport, Jenifer Leary of Brandon, Amber Leavitt of Bristol, Nicholas Masterson of Middlebury, Jorah McKinley of Rochester, Hollie Nop of Middlebury, Cassandra Papandrea of Orwell, Danielle Payton of Whiting, Kelsey Scarborough of Brandon and Matthew Smela of Cornwall.