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June 28th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently awarded Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) a $100,000 grant. These funds are a contribution toward the 20 percent local matching requirements of a $2.85 million federal grant previously awarded to ACTR for the construction of its Community Transportation Center, which will be located off of Creek Road next to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) maintenance facility.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont State Police and rescue squads from several towns responded on Saturday afternoon when an SUV ran into a barn off Route 7 in New Haven in an accident that sent the driver to the hospital.
Troopers said Katherine T. Hone, 19, of Killington was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon southbound on Route 7 when the vehicle traveled across the northbound lane and off the east side of the roadway, where it collided with a large barn on the stretch north of the Town Hill Road intersection.
MIDDLEBURY ¾ The basement of the Ilsley Public Library was filled on Friday night with the enthusiasm of middle school and high school students and a colorful spread of foods ranging from chocolate to fruit pizza as about 20 teens were competing to win the title of “Iron Chef.”
The two-hour event was hosted by the Teen Advisory Group and funded by the library to promote teen after-hours special events.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police participated in efforts to rescue a swimmer who went under in the Otter Creek off Mill Street on June 21. Police called off the search at dark and resumed a recovery effort the next morning, when a Vermont State Police diving team recovered the body of Yadji Moussa, 55, of Middlebury.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded on June 18 to a reported car-bike collision on Case Street, resulting in injuries to the biker.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on June 23 cited a Shelburne man for drunken driving, second offense, after they alleged his blood-alcohol content tested at three times the legal limit.
Cited was Stephen Moreau, 57, after Vergennes police stopped his vehicle on Panton Road in Panton after noticing its inspection sticker had expired in 2010.
Police said as well as smelling alcohol on Moreau that they saw empty beer cans in his vehicle before testing his BAC, which they said registered at 0.247 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.
RIPTON — Hilda Billings has viewed her hometown of Ripton through a very special lens for the past 92 years.
Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English held its first summer session in 1920, the year Billings was born. She has seen devastating floods rip through her community, including the big one back in 1927. And Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost made a point visiting her once a year at her home, which doubled as the Ripton Post Office.
MIDDLEBURY — For over three decades, the Festival on-the-Green has provided a week’s worth of free family-friendly entertainment for Addison County residents.
The community event, which will hold its 34th annual run of three shows a day on the Middlebury green from July 8-14, does not have an admissions fee, but it does carry high costs.
NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the date of the VUHS board meeting.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board hopes to hear from the public on Monday, July 9, its opinions on a bond that could be floated as soon as November and might approach $5 million if all elements now being discussed are included.
In the past six weeks, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon, school officials have begun leaning toward asking for two elements that were in early May less likely.