To provide shelter for those without electricity and heat, local Emergency Manager and Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley has opened the municipal gym at 94 Main St. to locals whose electricity has been cut by the ongoing snowstorm. The Red Cross has been notified and will provide staffing for the emergency shelter.
Those needing transportation to the gym can contact Addison County Transit Resources at 388-1946 until 5 p.m., and the Middlebury Police Department at 388-3191 after 5 p.m., to arrange a ride.
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Last night’s snowstorm knocked out power to some customers in Bristol, police chief Kevin Gibbs said. The outages are centered in Bristol Village. Gibbs said Green Mountain Power reported that the outages could be fixed by this evening, and that crews planned to shut off power to neighboring areas in order to safely work on the damaged lines. Stores and businesses downtown, like Shaw's, are open.
ADDISON COUNTY — Afterschool activities as most Addison County schools were called off on Tuesday because of the bad weather.
As much as eight inches of snow or freezing rain has been forecast for the area, and precipitation had begun to fall by noon.
Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows sent out a message a little bit after noon saying that “due to deteriorating weather conditions, all ACSU after school activities have been canceled today, Tuesday, Dec. 9.”
MIDDLEBURY — Two candidates had submitted résumés to become Middlebury’s next fire chief as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, Dec. 5, which was the application deadline for the position.
Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay on Friday morning said she could not yet divulge the names of the applicants, but confirmed one is a current member of the fire department while the other is a former member.
GOSHEN — Every winter, skiers and snowboarders venture into the woods and hillsides in search of untracked snow. In the future, skiers in southern Addison County may not have to venture far.
This winter the U.S. Forest Service is considering a proposal to develop four backcountry skiing glades totaling approximately 210 acres on land in the Green Mountain National Forest in the towns of Goshen, Rochester and Chittenden.
BRANDON — A Rutland County judge has dismissed the embezzlement charge against a former employee of the Brandon Inn without prejudice, but the case against Carmen M. Dozier may take a federal turn.
As of Nov. 17, the case is technically closed in Rutland County Superior Court, criminal division, but authorities said federal charges may be pending for Dozier, 39, of Rutland. If a charge is “dismissed without prejudice” that means the same charge can be re-filed by the state at a later date.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross is encouraging all Vermont dairy farmers to enroll in the Margin Protection Dairy Insurance Program, or MPP. Last week the USDA extended the application deadline to Dec. 19 (the deadline had been Dec. 5).
“Dairy farming in Vermont has many risks. The Margin Protection Program is a means to manage the risk of dropping milk prices and rising feed costs,” Ross said in a press release.