October 17th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — WomenSafe has received a promise of $300,000 in new federal funding for a program that helps improve the safety of local women and children, at a time when social service programs across Vermont are bracing for the impact of the federal government shutdown.
MIDDLEBURY — Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury has been awarded the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award by the Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District.
“This is part of our annual meeting every year,” said Jonathan Chamberlin, chair of the conservation district. “We dovetail it with our Conservation Farmer of the Year Award.”
MIDDLEBURY — While the prospect of building new municipal offices and a new recreation center is grabbing most of the headlines in Middlebury these days, the town is also taking stock in two other substantial capital projects: major repairs to a portion of the Ilsley Public Library roof, and the need to install a liner in the town swimming pool.
VERGENNES — The proposed Vergennes toddler playground has a few hurdles to clear before it can be built near the city pool this spring. The project depends on whether the city receives a $25,000 state grant, aldermen heard at their Oct. 8 meeting.
Alderman and city recreation committee head Joe Klopfenstein and City Manager Mel Hawley updated the council on the proposed toddler park at that meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — The lone Middlebury College student that took part in the vandalism of a 9/11 memorial on the college’s campus has been disciplined, the college said in a statement.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted a Schoolhouse Hill Road resident who reported hearing “footsteps” in her back yard on Oct. 8. Two police officers checked the exterior of the home and heard a moaning sound in the woods nearby. Police went to the sound of the moaning and found a moose that is suspected to have been the source of the scary footsteps.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Route 125, approximately six-tenths of a mile east of Brooks Road, in Ripton this past Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:31 p.m. The trooper reported that David Manning, 39, of Ripton stopped his truck — a 2006 GMC pickup — in the travel portion of the roadway to check the security of “hold downs” and the trailer load, a full-size Ford, dual-wheeled dump truck.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt recently with a variety of incidents, including a possible case of inappropriate touching of children, an allegation of employee theft, a longstanding dispute between two city women, and a citation for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Between Oct. 7 and 13, Vergennes police:
• On Oct. 7 conducted a police canine demonstration at Vergennes Union High School.