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August 20th, 2015
Since the late 1800s and the western expansion of the U.S., railroads have enjoyed a preferential status among businesses. That it continues today, at the expense of communities put in jeopardy by unwanted and sometimes unwise construction projects, is an anomaly that perhaps should be revisited by the state’s Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre Golf Course will be hosting special events each of the next two Saturdays. On this Saturday, the 34th annual Middlebury Women’s Invitational comes to the course, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Saturday, Aug. 29, is Ralph Myhre’s annual Member Appreciation Day. Course members are each entitled to bring three guests for a round of free golf.
Have you bought your tickets to Middlebury’s New Filmmakers’ Festival? If not, you’ll want to reconsider what you have planned for next Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 27-30.
That’s when 90 films — from shorts to documentaries to longer-form fiction and children’s features — will be playing at three Middlebury venues. The festival lasts throughout the day and includes talks by film directors, seminars and workshops on filmmaking, plus a Saturday night party with live music that’s open to all.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police jailed a Bristol man on Sunday after he allegedly struck a vehicle and left the scene.
At around 5:26 p.m. state police responded to a reported dispute among citizens on River Road near Munger Street in New Haven. The complainant told the trooper that a man hit her truck with his vehicle and left the scene. Police said their investigation showed that the driver of the vehicle involved was John G. Bennett, 58, of Bristol. He also was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police recently cited two motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol, in both cases alleging the drivers had blood-alcohol contents (BAC) in excess of twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
In one case, from early on Sunday morning, city police said the driver involved totaled his car at the intersection of Panton Road and West Main Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed of the theft of an unspecified amount of money from the Middlebury Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters on Exchange Street on Aug. 13.
Investigation is ongoing.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Attempted to locate a woman who reportedly had been in distress in the Court Street Extension area on Aug. 10.
• Served a temporary restraining order on a woman in the Forest Ridge Drive area on Aug. 10.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has set its full lineup of films that will be screened at this summer’s inaugural event this August 27-30. The official 2015 Festival Schedule is now available online at middfilmfest.org/program. There is just one week until the launch of the very first event, and organizers said they have been delighted with the high caliber of films submitted and the local support from Middlebury residents and beyond.